SHEFFIELD Eagles have benefited from insider information in the build-up to tonight’s clash with Halifax.
The briefings were provided by assistant coach Dave Larder, who joined them this season after seven years as a Fax player.
He warns that new coach Karl Harrison has strengthened the Fax squad and they will be a tougher test than the team the Eagles beat 50-12 in last year’s Championship play-offs.
“They will be up there and challenging this year – they will be a big threat,” said Larder.
“One thing I’m sure he will try and tighten up is defence. When I was there we played a free-flowing attacking game, which was great at times but at other times was our downfall – too many errors. The defence wasn’t great and I think the lack of ball control at times gave the opposition attacking opportunities.”
Both teams are unbeaten in the league with the Eagles defending their top spot against fourth-placed Fax.
Eagles coach Mark Aston said: “There’s no pressure – we don’t talk about losing, only about winning and improving. It’ll be an exciting game. A big crowd and us playing well is what I want.”
Aston will bring back the six players who were rested for the Challenge Cup tie against Oulton. “They will be fresh for the Halifax game, which is important,” he said. “Some of the lads will have had 10 days’ rest.”
The Cup game at York will be played on April 15.