Kyle Briggs is hoping his recent form will be enough to cement his place in the Sheffield Eagles side coming into a crucial phase of the season.
Eagles’ chief Mark Aston has continually shuffled around his half-back options with Briggs, Dominic Brambani and Cory Aston all being dropped during the campaign, as Aston looks for the right combination.
Briggs was recently omitted from the squad for the demolition by London Broncos, but he has been instrumental in consecutive victories over Hunlset, Batley and Whitehaven. During last Saturday’s success over Whitehaven he scored a try in the first half, before managing the Eagles through a tough spell to help his side over the winning line. The former Featherstone playmaker will now be hoping he’s done enough to warrant a long run in the side.
“I enjoy being back in the side and hopefully I won’t get dropped again” the 27-year-old said. “I’m hoping I’ve done enough so I won’t be left out now. All I can do now is keep working hard on my game and keep doing my job as a half-back, and don’t give the staff an excuse to pull me out of the team.”
In a tight game against Haven last Saturday, Briggs’ three conversions, two of which were from the sideline, proved to be vital as Eagles fought off Whitehaven’s challenge. Briggs is delighted to have the responsibility, but was disappointed Eagles couldn’t build on what was a positive start to the game at Castle Park.
“I am enjoying kicking goals again because I’ve not been kicking goals for quite a while at some of the clubs I have been” he said.
“I thought we started off well against Whitehaven, and we talked about that all week because the last couple of weeks we started pretty poorly. That was the main focus and I thought that we did that well, but we took our foot off the pedal in the second half.
“We let them get their heads up a little and fell away from our game plan as well, but we will get back onto it next week and fix it up.”