SHEFFIELD Eagles made sure of a place in today’s draw for the fifth round of the Challenge Cup with a nine-try crushing of York City Knights.
Eagles’ forwards were always too strong for a York and in Dominic Brambani and Andrew Henderson they had players who could build on that domination.
It was a workmanlike display by the Eagles who have scored 50 points or more in their last two games.
“We got the result which is what we came for,” said coach Mark Aston. “We knew it would be tough and we struggled to compete out sets but the lads battled through. We’ve scored some good tries and we’re in the next round and I’m happy with that.”
York, with former Eagles centre James Ford as a makeshift half-back, made the early running but after a testing spell the Eagles ability to take chances swiftly settled the game.
Hooker Henderson and full back Quentin Laulu-Togagae coming into the line set up the first try with Brambani going under the posts. With Simon Brown out injured the scrum-half added the goal two tries in four minutes put the Eagles in control. Brambani combined with Laulu-Togagae for winger Nev Morrison to squeeze in at the corner followed by Henderson diving low and strong to go under the posts from dummy half.
Brambani added the goals.
With a minute to half-time Brambani produced his second 40-20 kick and from the scrum Laulu-Togagae seemed to have sent in Scott Turner but the winger was tackled into touch and the Eagles to settle for 18-0.
Three minutes after the restart Taulapapa picked up a loose ball and got to Morrison who streaked down the touchline for 50 metres for his second try.
York’s Ben Dent dropped a high, hanging kick and Menzie Yere took advantage to touchdown.
A kick from right to left across the field by Brambani curled back in the wind for Turner to collect and go in at the corner.
Eagles hopes of keeping a clean sheet went with an interception try from centre George Elliott on three-quarter time with Chris Thorman adding the goal.
Henderson’s offload to sent Alex Szostak in for a try to mark his 100 game for the Eagles. Then the hooker combined with Michael Knowles to send Laulu-Togagae in under the posts for his second try and Brambani’s seventh goal brought up 50 points.
Almost on the hooter York got a second try from Dave Sutton with Thorman kicking the goal.
n Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison; McDonald, Brambani; Howieson, Henderson, Higgins, Szostak, Green. Hirst. Subs: Knowles, Hepworth, Rowe, Stringer.
n Eagles tries: Bramban 1, 14, Morrison, 24,43, Henderson, 28, Yere, 50, Turner, 56, Szostak, 66, Laulu-Togage, 69, 75; goals: Brambani 7/9.
n York: Tries: Elliott, 59, Sutton, 78; goals: Thorman 2/2
n Referee: Ronnie Laughton
n Penalties: 5-4
n Attendance: 551.