Aston happy with trio if wins

SHEFFIELD Eagles can look back on a job well done with three straight wins as they take a break from league action.

The winning streak puts the Eagles as one of four teams level on nine points at the top of the Championship table.

After a poor performance in the opening league game against Widnes Vikings the team has made a steady improvement.

“We’ve been getting it together and have started to play the way I want and to the game plan for longer periods,” said coach Mark Aston.

“Getting three wins on the bounce is nice but we’ve got to look forward to the next game. We have a weekend without a game but there’ll be no easing up in the training we have to keep the winning momentum going.”

In the win over Halifax at the weekend the Eagles again put in a big first half to lead last season’s Grand Final winners 22-6 at the break.

The West Yorkshire team came back in the final 40 minutes but the Eagles never looked in real danger and a late drop goal and try denied Fax even a losing bonus point.

That helped ease the memory of the defeat by Fax in the play-off semi-finals last season.

Aston said: “Halifax are a quality team and this was an important win. We were still smarting from going out to them in the semis. We put that right.

“The forwards were strong and there’s a nice blend in the half-backs - Kyle Wood attacks the line and Simon Brown puts the ball in the right areas.

“The first 40 minutes we were outstanding. Halifax came back but you have to expect that and we showed a lot of character to get back on course. We’re not an 80-minute team yet, we probably worked on 60 minutes against Haifax but there’s more to come.”

The Eagles now face six weeks away from Bramall Lane before their next home game against Leigh Centurions on Sunday 15 May.

There are tough league games at Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs followed by the Challenge Cup fourth round at St Helens.