RUGBY LEAGUE: SHEFFIELD Eagles showed the strength in depth in their squad as they outplayed French champions Carcassone.

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Carcassonne 12

Sheffield Eagles 40

A much-changed Eagles team including several reserves scored seven tries with Menzie Yere and Quentin Laulu-Togagae both claiming two each.

“We were pretty good in the first half, the second half okay but not vintage,” said coach Mark Aston, after the Anglo-French Challenge game.

“Defensively we were good and they only got their second try right at the death.

“It was a tough game, not quality and no disrespect to the French but you could tell it was the end of their season. They had one of two first teamers missing but to be fair so did we.”

Aston’s plans were disrupted before the team flew to France with Dane McDonald spraining an ankle and Duane Straugheir also staying at home after his wife went into labour.

He gave debuts off the bench to hooker Nathan Walmsley, back Jack Latus and forward Leigh Sanders.

Hallam University student Sanders suffered a badly cut head in the first half. Aston said: “Leigh got an horrific cut and he was off for a long time and had something like 17 stitches but credit to the lad he went back out there and had another dig. He even got himself yellow carded so he’s had a really eventful game for a debut!”

Second rower Alex Szostak put Eagles ahead after eight minutes, finishing a move by Simon Brown and Ryan Hepworth. Brown kicked the first of his four goals.

Next a quick play-the-ball saw Misi Taulapapa and Dominic Brambani switch play for Scott Turner to go in.

Carcassone came back with prop Osea Sadrau pushing his way over and Mathieu Alberola added the goal

Brambani set up two tries in three minutes to seal the game. The scrum-half’s kick was touched down by Laulu-Togagae with Brown missing his only kick of the night. Then Brambani sidestepped a couple of defenders to send Yere powering in under the posts to give the Eagles a 16 point lead at half-time.

Yere stormed in from 60 metres for his second try seconds after the restart. Brambani added the two points.

Carcassone winger Greg Mazard dropped the ball at the feet of Brambani who picked up to score before adding the goal.

Mitch Stringer’s power set up a second try for Laulu-Togagae and Brown’s conversion brought up the 40 points.

Carcassone had to settle for a try from loose-forward Amar Sabri with Alberola adding the goal just before the hooter.

Carcasonne: Guiraud; Escamilla, Reardon, Barrau, Mazard; Aitken, Alberola; Bemba, Soum, Sadrau, Pau, Rastouil, Sabri. Subs: Delpech, Nicol, Canet. Peault

Tries: Sadrau, 22, Sabri, 78; goals: Aberola, 2/2.

Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Turner, Morrison; Brown, Brambani; Hepworth, Smith, Stringer, Scott, Szostak, Taulapapa. Subs: Walmsley, Sanders, Latus, Rowe.

Tries: Szostak, 8, Turner, 13, Laulu-Togagae, 24, 70, Yere, 27, 41, Brambani, 60; goals: Brown 4/5, Brambani 2/2

Referee: S Vincent.

Penalty count: 11-10

Attendance: 3,250