Sheffield Eagles coach unhappy with performance despite third win in a row

Eagles prop forwrd Mitch Stringer against Whitehaven at Castle Park Picture: Marie Caley
Eagles prop forwrd Mitch Stringer against Whitehaven at Castle Park Picture: Marie Caley
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Director of Rugby Mark Aston is still waiting for the perfect performance after his Sheffield Eagles side recovered to record a 26-16 success over struggling Whitehaven on Saturday.

After being forced to come from behind to record convincing wins in their last two outings, Aston called on his side to take ownership of the game from the opening whistle in their first game at Castle Park.

The Eagles responded to the call with three tries in the first half from Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Kyle Briggs and Misi Taulapapa, but lost their way in the second stanza.

After a try from Craig Calvert in the first half, a quick fire brace from Scott McAvoy brought Haven level as they threatened an unlikely comeback.

The Eagles held their nerve hitting back immediately through Scott Turner, before Talapappa sealed the points late on with his second try of the afternoon.

Aston was obviously pleased that his side saw the job through, but cut a frustrated figure as the Eagles continue to make hard work of getting over the line.”“The most important aspect was to get the result and win, but “I am not happy with the performance,” Aston warned after the game.

“We started with intent, which is what we were looking for, but for the rest of the game we didn’t get what we wanted. I am a little frustrated because I expect us to be better than that, particularly leading up to a massive game next week against Leigh. We got there in the end but it wasn’t vintage.”

With the game delicately poised at 16 each a mistake from the Cumbrians from the restart led to Turner’s try, which gave the Eagles to platform to see out the game. Aston was in no doubt how important it was to hit back straight away, with Whitehaven threatening to take control of proceedings.

“The frustration is that we let a team back into the game again,” Aston scathed.

“I put them on Scarborough warning before saying before long we will let a team back into the game, so it was massively important that we got a try straight after, just to dampen down any momentum.

“Was I ever worried about the result? No, not really, I always felt we had enough in us, but we have to start playing for 80 minutes because at the moment it is in fits and starts.”