Rugby League: Sam is the man to target, say Sheffield Eagles

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SHEFFIELD Eagles have identified former Super League half-back Sam Obst as a major threat when they face Keighley Cougars tomorrow.

The battle at scrum half between the former Hull FC and Wakefield playmaker and Eagles’ Dominic Brambani will be critical.

“Sam has played in the top level, he knows how to take a team around the field and he’s got a good short kicking game,” said coach Mark Aston.

“He attacks the line, he’s quick and he’ll put the ball in the right areas.”

The Eagles game plan looks set to target Obst. Aston added: “We always look for areas where we can get targets and we’ll look at individuals in their ranks who we will aim up on. It might be to tire them out by making them tackle or it might be that they are weak defenders.”

Third-placed Eagles have to win at Cougar Park (2pm) or they will drop below Keighley in the table. It pitches the free-scoring Eagles against the best defence in the competition. Aston concern is the Eagles poor ball control which puts them under pressure.

“Defensively we have to start earning respect – we started at York where they only scored 12 points” said Aston. “I was pleased by our effort and the attitude to defence, it needs to the same on Sunday.”

Brambani, who rejoined the Eagles for a second spell this season, will play his 150th senior game tomorrow.