Sheffield Eagles must keep on the straight and narrow

Mitch Stringer powers his way through
Mitch Stringer powers his way through
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SHEFFIELD Eagles have been given a warning not to ease up as they defend their winning run at Hunslet Hawks tomorrow.

“It’s as good a start as we’ve had for a number of years,” said coach Mark Aston. “We’ve won six, played four of the top teams – Halifax, Leigh, Featherstone and Batley and come out with three wins so we’re pretty happy.

“Nothing is going to sidetrack us. I’ve reviewed the Featherstone game with the lads and there are massive positives. A couple of areas we need to tighten up on and we’ll address them

“We’ll focus in on Hunslet. They will get our respect but we want to build on what we have achieved.”

Eagles go to the game at South Leeds Stadium (kick-off 3pm) in third place in the league.

Aston added: “We can’t afford any slip-ups, we’ve done that in the past and we want to be that bit better this season.”

Hunslet won three games this season all at home but Aston doesn’t expect too many problems from the narrow South Leeds pitch.

“It’s not much different from Don Valley and the lads can adapt to tight pitches,” he said. “The defence has been good and the forwards, with Mitch Stringer outstanding, have been doing the job.

“We need to drain Hunslet’s energy then put people in the right places. Get Menzie Yere in the right places and he’ll score tries.”

Aston may stick with the 17 that took Featherstone’s 100% record last week. Italian international Dario Esposito’s hopes of a debut were hit by a virus which saw him miss training earlier this week.

“We have to reward the people who over the last couple of weeks have stood up and been counted,” said Aston. “We will keep a very similar squad for Hunslet.”