SHEFFIELD Eagles can ‘start believing’ they can retain their Championship title after taking league leaders Featherstone Rovers’ unbeaten record.
“The players shouldn’t fear anybody,” said coach Mark Aston. “We keep raising the bar and there is more in there.”
In a re-run of last season’s Grand Final the Eagles again came out on top – this time beating Rovers 26-18.
They have beaten two top-six teams in successive games and have put together a six-match winning run.
Only Featherstone taking a losing bonus point prevented the Eagles going top of the league.
Aston added: “Attitude, commitment, desire, loads of those type of words was what the team was about.
“We are a good team, we’re the Champions and we’re starting to believe that a bit now. “The key is that we don’t fall in love with ourselves.
“There are some other massive challenges.
“Let’s enjoy these last two games – we set a benchmark for ourselves.
“Now we have to raise the bar because every team is going to come and try and beat us.”
He added: “For the spectators it has been a fantastic game, it seesawed and it wasn’t won until the last try from Menzie Yere.
“It was pulsating; it was tough, hard, physical. Rovers got in and it looked like we were losing our composure but we wrestled it back in - that was the pleasing thing.”
The Eagles are the only team Featherstone have not beaten in the last two seasons and for Aston, coaching against his former team-mate Daryl Powell, that counts.
“We adapted well to Don Valley and the lads executed the plan well,” he said. “I’m really pleased that once again we got one over Featherstone and my mate Daryl.”