Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston believes that his side can take some confidence from a battling second half performance against Wakefield Wildcats.
The Eagles bowed out of the Challenge Cup at the fifth round stage against their Super League opponents, but they frustrated Chris Chester’s in form side after restricting them to just two second half scores.
Despite rarely threatening the Wildcats line in the second stanza, the Eagles showed their battling qualities to keep the score respectable giving Aston a much needed fillip following the disappointing recent defeat at Oldham.
“There was a long period in that second half when they only racked up one try, so there is certainly something to build on,” Aston said.
“We know there are a lot of things to work on, but we showed something there.”
The Eagles started well at Belle Vue, scoring first through Menzie Yere, but trailed 32-10 at the break as Wakefield looked set for another huge win after their recent 62-0 hammering of Wigan.
Aston was pleased with his side’s application after the break, but he knows there is still progress to be made with the Eagles finally back on home soil on Friday night for the visit of Andrew Henderson’s London Broncos to Bawtry Road.
“I was disappointed with some aspects, but I talked about trust at half-time and in the second 40 I thought we had a good dig,” Aston admitted.
“For large parts of the game I thought that we were very competitive.
“For 20 minutes we were really good, then for the next 20 they blasted us away due to us giving away penalties and making mistakes, I thought we panicked a little bit at that stage.
“We didn’t have a lot of the ball in the first half, and I don’t think we had a lot in the second, but the endeavour, commitment and trust in each other really came through.”
“That response was what I have been looking for because at the end of the day that is what I have been asking for over the last few weeks. There will be people who will say that we have let 44 points in again, but I think it was only 12-0 in the second half.”