Rugby League: Eagles boss ponders changes

Eagles head coach Mark Aston
Eagles head coach Mark Aston

Sheffield Eagles are not playing well enough for coach Mark Aston to risk major changes for the Challenge Cup clash with London Skolars tomorrow.

The Eagles have been scoring tries but Aston is seeking a more ruthless and consistent performance.

“We could make changes but we’re not playing well enough to make too many,” he said. “Some of the lads who could do with a bit of rest.

“We will have a look at one or two people and give them a bit of a shot. But people have to earn the right to play.”

However, Aston is contemplating handing debuts to two loan signings Jordan Burke and Peter Aspinall.

Aston said: “Jordan hasn’t been playing and he’s not as sharp as he needs to be but he fitted in quite well (at Keighley) after not a lot of preparation with us. Peter will bring strength to the squad.”

The Eagles have scored 16 tries in their last two league games but Aston says the team is only running at 60 per cent. The visit of Championship One Skolars is a chance to build momentum and intigrate the club’s fve loan players into the team.

“We tend to wait and see then click into gear and we’re probably not getting into top gear yet,” he said. “It’s important to keep the rhythm going but there are still plenty of areas where we can improve and that’s important.

The Skolars had a bye in the third round and don’t seem to travel well taking a 60-4 hammering at Hunslet Hawks in the league last weekend.

But Aston said: “It’s the Cup and they will give it a go. Skolars can be good and they have some big strong fellas in the squad.

“Michael Worrincy played for good clubs in the Super League, Dennis Tuffour can score tries, and their coach Joe Mbu has them organised so they can be dangerous.”