Extra training for Eagles after Leigh ‘no show’

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SHEFFIELD Eagles players have been called into training tomorrow morning to sort out what went wrong at Leigh Centurions.

Coach Mark Aston plans to hammer out the reasons for the 40-12 defeat which denied Eagles the chance to go top of the Championship going into the weekend round of games.

Aston said: “We will have to be honest. We’ll be in on Sunday morning and we’ll have a chat – let’s get to work.

“We never came to the party (at Leigh); it should have been a really good game but we didn’t perform. We have to look at ourselves and we have to accept that Leigh had us in their pocket from minute one.

“I have no idea what the lads were trying to do, where we were trying to go or what we were trying to achieve. It took us until the final minutes to play anything like we have trained all week to do.

“The lads have to look at themselves and take ownership. They have to have more respect for themselves and what the coaches are asking them to do.”

After going behind the Eagles battled back to 12-12 before being outplayed in the second half as Leigh ran in five more tries without reply.

Aston needs to get a positive response with Hunslet Hawks coming up in the quarter-final of the Northern Rail Cup at Don Valley on Friday night.

The only fitness worry is utility man Dane McDonald who limped off early in the second half with a reoccurrence of the ankle injury that kept him out of the trip to France last weekend. Back rower Michael Knowles took a blow to a hand but should be fit.

Eagles game at Batley Bulldogs has been switched to Thursday July 12, kick-off 7.30pm and will be shown live on satellite channel Premier Sports.