With Sheffield Eagles still seeking their first points of the Super 8s, Sunday’s clash with Halifax represents their best opportunity of making an impression on the competition.
The Eagles have found the level tough so far after back-to-back defeats, but after facing two full-time opponents in the opening rounds, they host a Halifax side that finished one place below Mark Aston’s side in the Kingstone Press Championship table.
Aston’s side were victors at The Keepmoat during the regular season, but arguably the momentum will be with the visitors after they ended the regular season with nine consecutive victories, which included a comprehsive home success over the Eagles.
Richard Marshall’s side have also impressed in the Super 8s, despite defeats to Widnes and Hull KR, and Aston believes that Fax have impressed the most out of all the Championship clubs in the Super 8s.
“Halifax are probably the team that are pushing the Super League teams the closest,” Aston told The Star.
“They only lost 14-0 to Widnes and 34-12 to Hull KR so that shows they are having a dig. The coach is really proud of them and he is saying the right things, and so far they have had a right good go.”
The Eagles are back at The Keepmoat where only Leigh Centurions have beaten them this season, and Aston believes if his side can recapture their best form they get earn their first victory over the Super 8 campaign.
“The game is certainly winnable, we know that, we are at home and back at The Keepmoat where we have been good,” he added.
“We have five games left, three of which are at home, and we need to challenge ourselves. As long as we perform better again and we get the result that we want we can go into the last four games with some real positivity. It is a learning curve but at the same time we need to be better.”
The game marks the Eagles final game at The Keepmoat for this season, with the final two home games to be played back in Sheffield at Bramall Lane. Aston was coy over the Eagles home for next season, which is set to be confirmed after the Super 8s.
“It is the last game for this year,” he confirmed. “We have two games at Bramall Lane, we might be back at the Keepmoat next year, but I really don’t know at this moment in time.”