Will Q become Eagles’ top man?

Quentin Laulu Togagae
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Quentin Laulu-Togagae knows he has to start scoring tries again for Sheffield Eagles or be left behind.

The full back set a club record with 35 last year but this season is being outpaced by Menzie Yere.

The Papua New Guinea international scored two in the Northern Rail Cup semi-final win over Doncaster to take his total to 27.

Laulu-Togagae (nick named QLT or Q) has been stuck on 24 for three games.

“I’ve hit a bit of a drought but as long as the team ’is winning that’s all that matters,”” he said. “

“Menzie is scoring all the tries so I’ll have to start scoring some soon.””

The speed and timing of the Samoan international coming into the line can create openings for Yere but the favour isn’t often returned.

Laulu-Togagae added: “I’ll pass to Menzie; there are a few times when maybe he should have passed to me but if he can back himself and as long as he scores the tries that’s all that matters.””

Coach Mark Aston isn’t worried who gets the tries as the Eagles keep up their challenge in two Cup competitions and lead the way in the Championship.

“That competition is there and burning,”he said. ”There is a bit of banter between them, I’m not sure Q will pass to Menzie or the other way. But if it were nailed on that they had to pass to get the try they will do.””

Eagles face a home league game against Swinton Lions on Friday night but after that have two crucial Cup games.

Super League strugglers London Broncos come to Don Valley in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup followed by the final of the Northern Rail Cup against Leigh Centurions.

”It’s good to get to the final of the Northern Rail, it was one of our goals this season and we want to win it,”” said Laulu-Togagae.“”The Challenge Cup is always in the back of your mind but we can’t let ourselves look too far ahead. We still have a game against Swinton before then.”