Sheffield Eagles players won’t put up with second-best

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SHEFFIELD Eagles players know they are not playing well and are determined to put things right, coach Mark Aston has assured fans.

“Stick with us, we’re a team that competes and I can’t challenge the players attitude towards each other,” said Aston.

“What we can challenge is the quality of our skills and our play but we’ll resolve that. The players know as much as me and they’re not happy with how we are.”

An error-littered 13-6 first win over Batley Bulldogs gave Eagles their first three-pointer of the season but Aston wasn’t celebrating.

“The most important thing is that you get a win,” he said. “Defensively the boys were there, really strong. There was a good attitude about us and the will to put their body where it was needed to stop Batley scoring.”

He added: “The conditions didn’t help but with the ball in our hands we haven’t got a Scooby Doo. That’s a concern. It’s fluency and momentum that we need and I was hoping we could have just kicked in and carried on but we just did enough.”

Aston was happy with the performance of try scorers Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Tom Armstrong, making his home debut, plus winger Misi-Taulapapa. In the forwards Peter Green and Szostak continued their good start.

Aston said: “With Peter Green what you see on the tin is what you get. He has knocked himself into that good a shape this year that it doesn’t surprise me the way he is playing.” Eagles face two away games with a trip to Swinton Lions, at the weekend.