Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Eagles are flying into Barrow visit

INTERNATIONAL CLASS: Menzie Yere will be a hard man to stop in the centres PICTURES BY DAVE WILLIAMS

SHEFFIELD Eagles aim to play it simple and come away with the points from their trip to Craven Park tonight.

The Eagles uncomplicated style – which puts a premium on cutting out errors – has produced big wins in their last two games over league leaders Halifax and French side Toulouse, only a week after they had beaten Barrow.

Eagles coach Mark Aston said of his side’s form: “It’s a simple game and we’re completing our sets well – we’re hitting 75 per cent ball control in every game now and when you get those sort of numbers you are going to be competitive.

“We’re playing simple but effective rugby.

“Our kicking game gets better each week.

“Against Toulouse we played to the final hooter.

“At half-time I asked for a professional job – we were 28-0 ahead and it would have been quite easy for the lads to drop off the pace but they didn’t do and they scored another 30 points. Toulouse had won their last five games beating Barrow and Leigh – good, quality teams.

“It wasn’t a fluke – we were outstanding against Toulouse.”

The Eagles’ big pack will face a challenge with former Don Valley back row Martin Ostler keen to ruffle a few feathers when he’s called off the bench.

But Aston has the versatile former Doncaster forward Peter Green – who scored a try in an impressive debut in the victory against Toulouse – ready to come off the bench. Loan signings winger Danny Mills and Joe Walsh also crossed the whitewash in the 58-point demolition of Toulouse.

“Barrow are a good team and tough at home. But people won’t be taking Sheffield Eagles lightly any more after the Toulouse performance,” added Aston.

“Barrow will be a bit more worried about us than we are of them. We’ll be respectful of Barrow and we’ll prepare correctly to go there and come away with the three points.”


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