John Kear makes Bradford Bulls admission after Sheffield Eagles thrashing

Sheffield Eagles head coach Mark Aston insisted their opening-day demolition of Bradford Bulls was no fluke.

By Steve Jones
Monday, 5th April 2021, 10:44 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 4:18 pm

The Eagles scored no fewer than 10 tries to get their Championship season off to a flyer with a 50-12 win on Sunday.

Aston said: “I saw enough in the York game to know that we can play. It didn’t shock me, I know we were capable of that and now the challenge for us is to reproduce it.

"We have got a real tough bunch in the dressing room that are all really fighting to get in the team and competition for places fetches the best out of them.”

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Sheffield Eagles head coach Mark Aston insisted the result was no shock to him.

Bradford Bulls head coach John Kear admitted post-match his team was “absolutely mullered” by the home side, who restricted them to just two tries.

He said: “We met a team that are very enthusiastic, very hard-working.

"They absolutely mullered us with effort levels, with desire.”

Six first-half tries, including two each for Aaron Brown and James Glover, as well as scores for Josh Guzdeck and Joel Farrell, meant Eagles went in 28-0 ahead at half-time.

Izaac Farrell, Anthony Thackeray (x2) and Ryan Miller crossed the line after the break to stave off a short-lived Bulls fightback and seal the win.

Farrell also completed four conversions, while James Glover added the extras for Miller’s late try after the former was yellow-carded.

Asked to rate the performance out of 10, Aston replied: “Eight to nine. To put 50 points on any team that are competing up there, it’s a massive achievement for us.

"It’s one we will enjoy but we have got to improve again and be challenging ourselves to be a little bit better.”

The Eagles’s next match is away to York City Knights on April 18 and presents an early opportunity to avenge last month’s 6-30 Challenge Cup defeat.

Aston said: “You look at the fixtures and people will say Sheffield’s got a tough start but people don’t know what I know.

"We have had a real tough pre-season and the boys have bought in and really taken ownership of what we are about and that doesn’t surprise me.

"The boys are asking for a couple of days off, I think we have got to work a little bit harder and be a little better for the next game.”