There were no excuses offered by director of rugby Mark Aston who called on his Eagles’ players to take responsibility after a 38-10 defeat at Halifax.
The Eagles could have almost rubberstamped their place in the middle eight on Sunday, but defeat allowed Halifax to move within two points of Aston’s side alongside Featherstone, who were beaten narrowly by Dewsbury.
Aston has asked his players to be accountable for the recent dip in form, and with a tough run-in against Bradford, Featherstone and London to come; he has called on his troops to turn their fortunes around.
“There are three games to go, what are we going to do? You have to turn it around and that has got to be the man in the mirror,” Aston told The Star.
“I’m definitely frustrated and really disappointed because once again we just haven’t turned up. It is about individual responsibility I am speaking about with the players, and the accountability as a group. We are just not quite there, there are players out there not doing their jobs and not doing their roles. There are no excuses for a performance like that, we were sloppy, we were indisciplined and we are not professional at this moment in time.”
Aston stated that his players must start sticking to the game plan if the Eagles are to rediscover their winning touch, with a tough fixture against league leaders Bradford Bulls on the horizon at the weekend.
“That’s the key to it all, have a look at yourself,” Aston reiterated.
“I do it every week, have we given the right information, have we got the right game plan and I think yes was the answer to the question again, but we are not executing it. It was typified at the start of the second half when we talk about our discipline, at the first set on the fifth play we give a penalty away which took them right into our half again, and they score on the end of that. That’s where we are at; there are no excuses for that. The players have to be honest with themselves.”
It now looks to be two from three sides to join Leigh and Bradford for a top four finish, although London cannot be discounted yet in sixth position. The Eagles hold a two point advantage over Featherstone and Halifax, and a four point buffer on London.