SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Low key approach before Eagles’ Grand Final

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are adopting a subdued approach as they start the countdown to the Championship Grand Final.

Celebrations following the semi-final win at Leigh were kept low-key with the focus already on the big game against Featherstone Rovers.

When the clubs met in last year’s final the Eagles suffered a 40-0 beating and coach Mark Aston is determined that won’t be repeated.

“We want to put right the wrongs from last year,” he said. “Then we were probably just happy to get to the final. This time we didn’t celebrate a lot after the win at Leigh. It was a tough week for us, we backed up with two games in four days and we had to dig in at Leigh. We didn’t play great but the lads showed character, the attitude, the desire to get to a Grand Final.

“We’ve had a bit of down time and we start building it back up now. We’re focusing on facing Featherstone and giving a good account of ourselves. We’ll learn from last year.”

Playing three knockout rounds in 12 has taken a toll on the squad. Aston added: “We have good people waiting for their chance who can cover.”

South Yorkshire is going for a double header of trophies at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday after Doncaster reached the Championship One Grand Final.

Meanwhile, Quentin Laulu-Togagae’s record breaking season for Eagles has been recognised by a place in the Championship All Star team.

The Samoan, who scored 34 tries, is named at fullback but is the only Eagles player in the 13.

Doncaster have three players in the Championship One line-up: winger Stuart Sanderson, centre Lee Waterman and half-back Paul Cooke.