Rugby League: Skipper urges Eagles to rectify patchy form

Eagles captain Mitch Stringer.
Eagles captain Mitch Stringer.
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Mitch Stringer led the way as Sheffield Eagles beat Batley Bulldogs in the Championship Grand Final now he’s facing a different challenge.

The clubs meet again at the weekend with both needing a win to get their season moving after poor results.

“The Grand Final’s gone; we’ve been there and done that we have new goals and we need to start achieving them pretty soon,” said the Eagles skipper.

“This is one we need to win. We’ve had some soul searching at training and sorted ourselves out.

“There’s been two or three results now that should have been turned the other way and we need to start doing that now.”

Eagles go to Batley on Sunday on the back of allowing a two-try half-time lead to slip away in the 36-22 defeat at home to Featherstone Rovers.

Batley’s form has been even more inconsistent with an 18-14 defeat at Barrow Raiders putting them in the relegations places.

Scottish international prop forward Stringer says both teams have a point to prove.

“Batley are a bit like us; they have the players to do the job it’s just they haven’t clicked but when they do you’ll see a different side to Batley,” he said. “It’ll be the same with us when we click and play as we can.”

He added: “We gave Featherstone the game last weekend. We were in control to win but we didn’t shut them out. We have to sort something out so when we get in a position to win games we come out with the win.”

The Featherstone defeat was the Eagles third out of four at home in the league since the switch to Owlerton this season. It’s a worrying stat with unbeaten Championship leaders Leigh Centurions the next visitors.

“That doesn’t worry us. We can score tries on our own pitch - it’s only a bit of grass,” said Stringer. “We need to be hitting the straps to beat Leigh and need to start with a win at Batley.”