Sheffield Eagles: Leigh performance boosted confidence insists Aston

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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston believes his players have boosted their flagging confidence with a battling performance at Leigh.

Now they have to convince their supporters by ending a run of four defeats with a home win against North Wales Crusaders.

Aston believes the players have set a new standard as they came close to taking the Centurions unbeaten record before losing 32-24.

“”This was the boost we needed ,–100 per cent. We were looking to get our attitude right,” he said.

“”Credit to the lads for the way they have worked to get us out of the hole we have been digging. This was a massive improvement.”

The forwards were strong and winger Scott Turner scored a hat-trick of tries to bring his tally for the season to 21.

Aston needs the turnaround in fortunes to be confirmed after the defeat at Leigh saw the team slip out of the top eight play-off places.

Eagles won at Crusaders earlier in the season but their record at Owlerton is poor with only two league wins.

Moves to bring Kyle Briggs to the Eagles from Featherstone Rovers have stalled but discussions between the clubs are expected continue.

Sam Swire, son of the Eagles’ chairman Ian, scored two tries as GB Student pioneers beat Ghana RL 46-4 in the first Test in Accra.

The GB team included two Hillsborough Hawks players in second row forward Swire junior and hooker Jono Burns.