Sheffield Eagles’ struggling players have been told to rediscover the passion that made them champions.
With third-place Halifax the visitors to Owlerton on Sunday the battle is on to head-off another defeat for home supporters.
Coach Mark Aston was frustrated by another inept home performance in the loss to Keighley Cougars. “It’s all about our players getting them to respect the things I need them to do to engage and they are not doing it” he said.
A fifth home league defeat has alarm bells ringing with the Championship title holders in danger of being drawn into the relegation scrap.
The Eagles have failed to dominate teams at Owlerton and Aston struggled to find positives in the 29-16 loss to Keighley.
“It is all about ball control, we complete our first five sets and then only two out of eight. You don’t get momentum going on that” he said.
“Michael Knowles was outstanding and it showed a bit of pride and passion but there weren’t too many else who did that.
“Misi Taulapapa was strong.
“Not many out there showed the pride and passion that I want.”
Aston added: “Consistency comes from within. There were some plays particularly in the first half when we were kicking the ball on the first play and I’m wondering what we are doing? If that’s discipline we certainly haven’t got it and I need to find it.”