Sheffield Eagles’ Jamaica international confident of London Broncos win

Sheffield Eagles’ Jamaica international Joel Farrell is confident they can get back to winning ways against London Broncos this weekend.

By Steve Jones
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:18 pm

The Eagles, who train three times a week, welcome the full-timers to their temporary Keepmoat Stadium home on Saturday (3pm kick-off) following Sunday’s 24-16 defeat away to Newcastle Thunder.

That was their first loss of the Betfred Championship season, having won their first two games, while Broncos picked up their first win.

"They are a good team,” said Farrell of Saturday’s opponents.

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"They are full time so they should be fitter than us but there’s a lot of people that should be fitter than us. We have worked hard through pre-season and I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

"I’m pretty confident we will get the result against them.”

The Eagles led 12-6 at the interval last time out thanks to tries from James Glover and Farrell before the division’s new boys came back strong in the second half to earn their first league win of the season.

“It wasn’t a good one for us,” Farrell, who will represent Jamaica in this year’s Rugby League World Cup, admitted.

Jamaica international Joel Farrell in action for Sheffield Eagles.

"We went into the game a bit too complacent thinking we were going to turn up and win. Everyone’s beating everyone, you can’t expect to win. It’s a learning curve for us and it’s good it’s come early in the season.

"We were just off, the spark wasn’t there. It was like everyone was waiting for everyone else to do something.”

Still, the 27-year-old – now in his third season with the Eagles - believes the team have made a solid start and should aim for the play-offs.

This year, the top six Championship teams will qualify for the end-of-season contest for a place in the Betfred Super League.

Farrell said: “We have done pretty well. We have shocked a few people with the results we have got. Two out of three is pretty good and it’s put us in a good place.

"I don’t see why we can’t achieve one of the top-four spots, the way we have started.

"I think we will definitely make the play-offs, that should be the aim for us.”

Sheffield Eagles finished seventh and four points off the final play-off spot in the last full second-tier season in 2019.