Just the ticket as eagles target rail cup glory

Pictured are Sheffield Eagles Players in their new home kit LtoR Misi Taulapapa,Tim Bergin,Andrew Henderson,Pat Smith,Menzie Yere
Pictured are Sheffield Eagles Players in their new home kit LtoR Misi Taulapapa,Tim Bergin,Andrew Henderson,Pat Smith,Menzie Yere

SHEFFIELD Eagles aim to make it a clean sweep in the Northern Rail Cup group stages when they face York City Knights tomorrow.

The Eagles made it three wins out of three with a 56-12 hammering of Doncaster but coach Mark Aston wants more.

It was a point a minute in the first half but then the Eagles lost their ruthless edge. Aston doesn’t want any easing up against York.

He said: “You want the momentum that wins give you and to keep going forward. We’ve got the league season starting in a week and we want to go into that on a win.

“At Doncaster we were outstanding for the first 40 minutes but in the last 40 we were disrespectful and I won’t have that and I’ve explained that to the lads.” Half-back Dominic Brambani, loose-forward Joe Hirst and full back Quentin Laulu-Togagae each scored two tries with winger New Morrison, second row Alex Szostak and prop Mitch Stringer also crossing the whitewash at the Keepmoat.

Stringer may be carrying a few extra pounds as he rebuilds his fitness following knee surgery pre-season but he was impressive in a 53-minute spell coming of the subs’ bench.

The Scottish international’s return is a bonus with back rower Michael Knowles ruled out for up to four weeks with a chipped bone in his left wrist.

Eagles revealed their new playing kit this week and the red with a white vee and gold edging home shirt will be used for the first time against York at Don Valley tomorrow night (kick-off 7.30pm).

York, like the Eagles, have won all three of their Rail Cup group games and have qualified for the knockout stages later in the season.

It’s a good start for York’s former Eagles coaching duo of player-coach Chris Thorman and his assistant Mick Cook who moved to the Knights after two seasons in a similar role with Aston.

“Mick knows a lot about us. He will be talking to them about how to break us down but it’s also about York being able to handle what we throw at them,” said Aston.