Rugby League: Eagles bid to follow Bulls example as Aston prepares for key period

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Sheffield Eagles will look to the example of their conquerors last weekend as they aim to complete a South Yorkshire double against Doncaster tonight.

The Eagles were comprehensively beaten by Bradford last Sunday, but Director of Rugby Mark Aston has asked his side to use James Lowes’ Bulls as a perfect example as they look to bounce back against the side propping up the Kingstone Press Championship.

Despite beating Doncaster almost a fortnight ago, a sloppy Bulls outfit shipped 38 points in a lacklustre display, but they responded with an almost flawless performance against the Eagles at Odsal Stadium.

Aston believes his side need a similar response as he looks to maintain third position in the table.

“Bradford were disappointing in their game against Doncaster, albeit they won, but they obviously went away and knuckled down and got their mental side of the game sorted out,” a bullish Aston told The Star.

“They were a different side when they played against us, they got a reaction to a poor display. We have to learn our lessons from the Bradford game, get on with things because we’ve got a massive game against Doncaster.”

Following the clash with Doncaster the Eagles have an 11 day break in their fixture calendar due to Dewsbury’s involvement in the Challenge Cup. The game with the Rams has been rearranged for Tuesday May 19 (8pm), and Aston believes it is a crucial time as the Eagles look to stay in the top four.

“This next month now will be very important to us, it will be a test of character and a test of our personnel,” Aston added.