New-found ruthlessness key to Sheffield Eagles’ resurgence

Five-Garry Lo. Picture Andrew Roe
Five-Garry Lo. Picture Andrew Roe
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A new-found ruthlessness has been a key factor in Sheffield Eagles’ back-to-back Kingstone Press Championship victories.

Eagles pushed the accelerator after the interval in their latest win when their 8-6 lead quickly turned into a 30-6 advantage.

Winger Garry Lo, right, scored five tries to take his season tally to 23, as Mark Aston’s side scored four tries in a devastating 18 minute period to take the game away from Rochdale.

It was a similar story at the Summer Bash when Eagles clicked into gear to down Swinton Lions with a comparable try burst after the break.

Aston has praised his side for adding a ruthless nature to their play, as his side cut the gap to the top four to seven points.

“We have found that ruthlessness, and that has taken it away from teams at times,” Aston told The Star.

“That’s a great trait because you need to be able to hit back when things go wrong. We have done that now on a number of occasions this year.”

Aston, who awaits news on the injury sustained to Ben Blackmore, still believes his side have improvement in them, and despite getting the job done in the past two outings, the Eagles have had down time in both games.

The coach says recent defeats to top four sides Featherstone Rovers and Toulouse have inspired an inner strength to get the job done after his side clicked into top gear at the right time to take the game away from their previous two opponents.

“The lads have been disappointed a couple of times, which shows the progress recently,” Aston added.

“The lads were really disappointed against Featherstone, and again against Toulouse – that is quite a statement. They have wanted to go back out there and put it right. That is a good characteristic to have. We have that bounce-back mentality in us now. I look at these guys and I can see that they want it more than anything. That has been evident recently. It hasn’t been vintage at times. There have been points when they have played too much as individuals, but when it counts we have delivered what we have needed to do.”

Eagles are at home to Halifax next Sunday, with Aston’s side now just four points behind in the table after Fax’s 34-6 defeat to London Broncos.