Road to cup glory starts this weekend for Eagles

Tom Armstrong goes for the line as Quentin Laulu-Togagae watches on
Tom Armstrong goes for the line as Quentin Laulu-Togagae watches on
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Sheffield Eagles fans may daydream of Wembley but their best chance of a trip to a Cup final starts at the weekend.

The Eagles made it to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup for only the second time in the club’s history with a win over Halifax.

But it’s back to reality with the visit of Barrow Raiders in the Northern Rail Cup – the knockout competition for professional clubs outside the game’s top tier – at Don Valley Stadium on Sunday (3pm)

“I’m proud of the way the lads played in the Challenge Cup win but now it’s about beating Barrow,” he said.

“We’ve never made it to a Rail Cup final and it would be good to get there for the fans.”

The Northern Rail has a new format this season with the Championship clubs plus two from the lower division joining at the last 16 stage.

The Eagles certainly showed the ability to step up a gear as they condemned leaders Halifax to their second defeat of the season.

The West Yorkshire team were given a lesson on taking chances and then how to defend a lead as the Eagles won 28-12.

Hooker Andrew Henderson said: “We showed enough attitude and defensive grit to come away with the victory.”