Eagles look to make their mark in double header against Halifax as Aston sets sights on cup finals

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Sheffield Eagles can earn Challenge Cup glory and put down a marker in the race for the Championship title in a double header against Halifax.

The clubs meet in the fifth round tomorrow night and they line up again with league points the prize in two weeks time.

“It’s exciting and there’s a lot at stake,” said coach Mark Aston.

“Beating Halifax in the Cup will give a psychological advantage for the league game.

“I think we can expect there’ll be a bit of blood and thunder, it’ll be physical and tough.”

The Eagles narrowly lost the opening game of the season at Halifax but have kept on the Championship leader’s heels in third place.

Aston’s team are starting to play the way he wants, ahead of the Challenge Cup clash at Don Valley tomorrow (8pm).

The Eagles showed the urgency that Aston had been calling for in a 36-18 win over Dewsbury Rams.

“High speed entertaining rugby, that’s what I’m looking for,” he said.

“We got a glimpse of that and when we did it we looked a class outfit.”

The Halifax game is followed by the visit of Barrow Raiders in the Northern Rail Cup – the knockout competition for teams outside the Super League.

Aston said: “We can make a name for ourselves next week and get into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, and hopefully get a draw against a Super League club.

“I know our fans would love to get to a final. It’s sudden death in the cup and I’m really excited about the games.”

Menzie Yere claimed a hat-trick of tries to take his total for the season to 17 in the win over Dewsbury.

The Eagles swept into an early lead with tries from Yere, Misi Taulapapa and Mitch Stringer. Dewsbury were allowed back into the game before Yere’s second try edged the lead to 20-12 at half-time.

Quentin Laulu-Togagae, James Davey and Yere finished the job with Dominic Brambani kicking four goals

Aston was happy with the win but remains concerned that the team “knocks off a bit at times” when they take the lead.

“It was a comfortable win,£ he added.

“But we just keep inviting people back in, and that’s frustrating.”