Sheffield Eagles’ Director Mark Aston is looking for a performance to match his side’s impressive results ahead of tonight’s derby against Doncaster.
Eagles, who share Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium as their temporary home, will be in the away dressing room when the two sides meet (7.30pm.) Aston’s side take a six match unbeaten run into the encounter, with The Dons struggling at the foot of the Championship with no points from their opening six games.
Despite sitting in third position, two points of pace-setters Leigh Centurions, Aston has been unimpressed with recent performances - he wants his side to up their game.
“I am looking for a performance so I can smile for once and enjoy watching a game back; there haven’t many of them so far this season,” Aston explained. “If I am taking players out and dropping them they cannot knock on my door and ask why if they are honest enough because they know there is nobody really grabbing those shirts. This is a 17 man game and you need 17 men to play well.” Aston is wary of a Dons backlash; Paul Cooke’s side is showing a marked improvement.
They were narrowly beaten by Batley on Sunday, throwing away a 14-6 advantage at half-time to eventually go down 14-16 late in the day.
“Doncaster went very close against Batley and they will have been mightily disappointed because they were fully in control of that game for 70 plus minutes before losing it at the end,” he added.
“They will feel busted up for that but when teams are busted up there is a real danger so we will have to be mindful that they are going to through everything at us.”
Aston is expected to change his 17 again with the likes of winger Rob Worrincy and scrum-half Dominic Brambani pushing for a recall.
“I have been racking my brains to see what we are going to do on Wednesday, throw some names up in the air and see how they come down because that is where we are at,” continued Aston.
“We have players like Rob Worrincy available who missed out against Hunslet and then there is Dom (Brambani) too who has had a frustrating time being in and out of the side.”