Sheffield Eagles are playing a high-risk game by letting their grip slip when they should be killing off teams, warns coach Mark Aston.
The Eagles moved into a three-point lead at the top of the Championship with the midweek 36-0 win over Workington but faced 12 men for 65 minutes after a Town player was red-carded.
“It’s concern and I’ve flagged it up quite regularly now. Before long that’s going to come back and bite us,” said Aston. “I’d hate to think that we went into a major game, played for only 20 minutes each half and got beat in the last 20 minutes. It’s a concern but it’s something only the players can find the answer to. We got a win and we stopped Workington scoring for 80 minutes, which is good for our points difference.
“We should have wrapped up a few more points. We got into a slog and it was messy.”
Eagles go for a hat-trick of wins in nine days when they travel to York Knights on Sunday.
Aston rested several regulars for the Workington game and gave a league debut to his son, Cory, with the half-back scoring a second-half try. He was proud of the 18 -year-old’s performance against physical Workington team, adding: “Cory’s hungry to score. It wasn’t the best of Cory, and his kicking game wasn’t as good as we know it is. There’s work to do but that should inspire him.”