Sheffield Eagles can’t be overawed by ‘massive’ Wembley occasion

It is easier said than done, but Sheffield Eagles chief Mark Aston believes the key to success in Saturday’s 1895 Cup final is how his side handle the big occasion.

Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 11:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 4:55 pm
Mark Aston says his Sheffield Eagles players have to keep a cool head when they step out at Wembley this weekend

There is no doubt the clash with Widnes Vikings at Wembley will be the biggest game in the career of the majority of Aston’s troops, as the Eagles return to the famous stadium for the first time since 1998.

With the players untested on the biggest of biggest stages, Aston will be keen to ensure his side sample the atmosphere of the proceeding Challenge Cup final to try and take in the occasion.

“The game will be massive for them on Saturday,” Aston explained to The Star.

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“There will be a significant crowd there, particularly when we arrive. We'll need to be able to handle the atmosphere, and make sure we don't get overawed by it. That’s the key.”

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The Eagles go into the contest in fine form after recording their fourth win on the spin in all competitions against Barrow last weekend.

Aston’s side certainly have the winning feeling, with the experienced coach and former Wembley winner keen to ensure nerves don’t overtake their current momentum.

Aston continued: “We'll sit in the crowd, try and take it in and then hopefully when we come out they'll still be a big crowd there and we can get on with trying to come away successful because it is something that can give players memories for the rest of their lives.”