Sheffield Eagles 28 Halifax 24: Eagles hit back for first Super8s win

Pat Walker put in a man of the match performance for Eagles against Halifax. Photo: Glenn Ashley
Pat Walker put in a man of the match performance for Eagles against Halifax. Photo: Glenn Ashley
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Sheffield Eagles grabbed their first victory of the Super 8s after some late drama earned them a 28-24 success over fellow Championship side Halifax.

Eagles produced a stirring late fight back with Rob Worrincy completing a hat-trick with just four minutes remaining, as Aston’s side recoveredfrom back-to-back defeats against Bradford and Widnes.

Eagles also ended their stay for this season at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium with a win, with their final two home games of the Super 8s to be staged at Bramall Lane.

Mark Aston moved Eddie Battye into his starting 13 in place of the injured Steve Thorpe, whilst there was a recall to the bench for John Davies.

Halifax made afluid start with the influential Ben Johnston making a decisive break, before handing over to Adam Tangata for the first try. Stephen Tyrer converted.

Eagles responded positively and levelled the scores after good interplay between Sam Smeaton and Quentin Laulu-Togagae, before the full-back found Worrincy who finished in the corner. Pat Walker converted.

Aston’s side handed the initiative to the visitors when Mitch Stringer’s offload went straight to a Fax shirt, before Johnston’s grubber kick was grounded over the whitewash by Tyrer. Tyrer converted his own score.

More poor handling followed when Gareth Potts pinched the ball from Menzie Yere, before sprinting to the line. Tyrer added the two.

Eagles found a way back before the break when Walker barged his way over after a pass on the inside by Cory Aston. Walker added the extras.

After 15 minutes of stalemate at the start of the second half, Eagles pulled themselves level again after a moment of magic from James Davey. The hooker punched a hole in the Fax line after a break from dummy half, and he handed over to Worrincy who dived over right under the posts. Walker converted.

Eagles were only back on terms for two minutes when Scott Murrell dummied before crashing over the line, and Tyrer slotted the conversion to put the visitors back in the box seat.

With 12 minutes remaining a fluid move by Eagles saw Walker expertly offload to Laulu-Togagae who dived in under the posts, with Walker converting to set up a grandstand finish.

It was the Eagles who snatched victory with just four minutes remaining. Man of the match Walker hanged the kick into the corner, and Worrincy gratefully plucked the ball out of the air to win the game for Eagles, despite Walker missing the conversion.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togogae; Turner, Yere, Smeaton, Worrincy, Aston, Brambani, Battye, Carlile, Stringer, Knowles, Straugheir, Walker. Interchange: Taulapapa, Davey, Davies, Tonks.

Tries: Worrincy (12, 55, 76), Walker (37) Laulu-Togage (68) Goals: Walker 4/5

Halifax: Saltonstall; Potts, Heaton, Tyrer, Saxton, Johnston, Murrell, Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Divorty, Manning, Fairbank. Interchange: Ambler, Bracek, Moore, Maneely.

Tries: Tangata (9), Tyrer (16), Potts (23), Murrell (58) Goals: Tyrer 4/4

Referee: Chris Kendall

Attendance: 854