Sheffield Eagles search for consistency continues

Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston is still striving to find the solution to his side's baffling lack of consistency.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 7:43 pm
Sheffield Eagles' Ben Blackmore dives over to score a try against Featherstone Rovers. Picture: Andrew Roe

Friday’s defeat against Oldham was another frustrating dip in form, after what looked to be a season changing performance in the victory over Featherstone in the previous encounter. The season has been littered with examples of encouragement, most notably in the victory over Bradford Bulls, followed with a defeat, against Oldham.

Aston has vowed to find a solution to the unpredictable nature of their performances, ahead of Sunday’s trip to London Broncos.

“When we play teams like Featherstone, we win but when we come up against a team, who wants to win and challenge you, then we come unstuck,” said a frustrated Aston. “We can match anyone on our day but I need to get over this defeat first and then try and come up with solutions and sort out our negatives.”

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There was no doubt that the defeat to Oldham was a hammer blow in the Eagles’ fight to maintain their Championship status.

Eagles only have three regular season games remaining, two of which are against the division’s top two sides with London first on the menu this weekend.

Whilst the Eagles have shown their capabilities against the likes of Bradford and Featherstone, they have been outplayed by London in both encounters already this season.

Despite the tough nature of the fixtures ahead, Aston isn’t panicking knowing that the league split at the end of the regular season will give his side added time to get themselves out of what is fast becoming one of the most difficult seasons in recent memory. “It is very frustrating for all those concerned,” he added.

“We have got to dust ourselves down and re-focus ourselves again and get ourselves right. You think you have turned the corner but we get another smack in the face and we know we have got to be better. Destiny is in our hands. We should be good enough to do what we need to do.”

Eagles travel to Andrew Henderson’s London this Sunday, kick off at the Trailfinders Sports Club is 3pm.