Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says his side are capable of finishing the season unbeaten and winning the Championship Shield.
The Eagles ended the regular season with their third win from five games after dispatching Whitehaven with a strong second half showing to lift Aston’s side into seventh position.
Crucially the Eagles will play the majority of their next seven fixtures on home soil after finishing in the top half of the bottom eight, whilst the victory moved Aston’s side five points clear of the bottom two.
Aston, who was targeting a Championship Shield victory ever since the home win over Featherstone, has reiterated his belief in his side, even suggesting they are capable of going unbeaten for the rest of the campaign.
“I spoke around a month ago and said we are where we are, but we drew a line under it,” Aston told The Star.
“We targeted winning the Championship Shield then, and what I know is that we are capable of going the rest of this season unbeaten, we are capable – and that’s the word isn’t it.
“There are no guarantees, but there is no reason why we can’t kick on.”
With Featherstone pinching a place in the top four, Bradford Bulls had to be content with a fifth placed finish, with Halifax also missing out on the opportunity to challenge themselves against the four teams from Super League.
The Eagles have beaten both Halifax and Bradford during the regular season, and Aston sees no reason why his in-form side cannot repeat the feat when the face off for what is set to be an exciting end to what has been an up and down campaign.
“There are going to be some big clubs involved, the likes of Halifax and Bradford – it is certainly going to be competitive,” Aston affirmed.
“The good thing is we know that we can beat the likes of Halifax and Bradford, we know that we are capable of beating all the teams.
“The trouble this season is that we have lost to the likes Oldham home and away, we lost against Swinton, they are the games that have cost us.
“Following the Whitehaven game hopefully we have now learnt, we have had a great week and now we are giving the lads a few days off this week.
“Then we’ll come back bright eyed and ready to get going in the last seven, eight or nine games.”