SHEFFIELD Eagles have started the countdown to the ‘judgement day’ clash with Halifax.
A win would take the Eagles above Fax into second place in the league with three games to play.
“This is a massive game for both teams,” said coach Mark Aston. “The lads have had a weekend off and now the focus is on judgment day at Halifax.
“We have won seven out of our last nine games so we’re not far off where we want to be. Halifax won the Northern Rail Cup final. Whoever wins will probably finish in second place in the league.”
Eagles must break the stranglehold Halifax have had on them this season when they travel to the New Shay on Sunday.
They were hammered 50-18 in the Championship and suffered the agony of a 24-22 exit in the semi-finals of the Rail Cup.
Fax will be confident after outplaying Featherstone Rovers to win the Northern Rail Cup 21-12 at the weekend.
Aston sees the game as a chance for the Eagles to gain revenge: “We have had to lick our wounds for not making the Rail Cup final. We’ve disappointed ourselves when they’ve beaten us twice,” he said.
“We’ve been talking about what happened in those games. We need to go to Halifax with the right attitude and be really dominant.
“We need the commitment and desire that we had in our last game when Keighley put us under a lot of pressure.”
Halifax will have deadline signing from Huddersfield, prop Tony Tonks available.
Keighley Cougars’ hooker Paul March has been banned for one game and fined £50 for a high tackle against Eagles two weeks ago.