Eagles go top

Tom Armstrrong and Quentin Laulu-Togagae
Tom Armstrrong and Quentin Laulu-Togagae
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Sheffield Eagles took over at the top of the Championship for the first time this season with a 38-22 win over Hunslet Hawks.

The victory puts Eagles two points ahead of Featherstone Rovers and extends their winning run to nine games.

Eagles had too much flair and scoring power with fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae outstanding as he scored two tries and Menzie Yere also claiming a double to take his total for the season to 23.

Vinny Finigan come in on the wing for Misi Taulapapa who was out with an ankle injury. Back rower Michael Knowles was also rested with a game at Barrow on Sunday in mind with Matt Garside coming in.

Full back Laulu-Togagae showed his intentions by coming into line twice in the opening minutes for Eagles.

Two penalities gave Eagles possession and centre Yere used his power to force his way over for the opening try on eight minutes.

Eagles struggled to dominate possession with difficult conditions at the South Leeds Stadium following heavy rain.

A 40-20 kick from Patch Walker put Eagles on the offensive and they kept up the pressure by forcing a second set of six. Yere made the Hawks pay with his second try, sweeping in from Walker’s pass.

Centre Tom Armstrong ran on to a pass to push out the lead. Dominic Brambani converted the first two tries.

A hanging long cross-field kick by Brambani was taken by a diving Scott Turner to touch down in the corner.

Huslet hit back with two tries in the final minutes of the half from centre Jimmy Keinhorst and winger Lee Mapals with Luke Helliwell converting the second to cut the Eagles lead to 20-10.

Hunslet forced their way down field from the restart with Scott Watson forcing his way over. Helliwell added the goal.

Eagles were stung into action with only frantic defending prevented back rower Peter Green touching down. Yere was held up over the line and from the restart the ball was switched right and Laulu-Togagae went in.

Eagles were on a roll and there was no stopping Laulu-Tagagae as he claimed his second try in five minutes with a 50-metre break. Brambani added both goals.There was no relaxing as Duane Straugheir took the ball on the burst and crashed over. Brambani kicked his fifth goal.Keinhorst got a late try for the Hawks with Helliwell kicking his third goal.Keinhorst got a late try for the Hawks with Helliwell kicking his third


HUNSLET: Jimmy Watson; Mapals, Keinhorst, Welham, Pryce; Coyle, Helliwell;Yates, Hood, Haley, Houston, Haughey, March. EAGLES: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Armstrong, Finigan; Walker, Brambani;Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Garside, Staugheir, Hirst. Subs: Davey,Gledhill, Szostak, Green.Tries: Yere 8, 24, Armstrong 29, Turner 31, Laulu-Togagae 54, Straugheir 67,

Goals: Brambani 5//7

Referee: George Stokes.

Penalties 6-8.

Attendance: 491.