Misi targets three points and a place in semi-final side

Eagles Misi Taulapapa dives over to score
Eagles Misi Taulapapa dives over to score

There’s no chance Sheffield Eagles players will dare to ease up when they face Championship strugglers Swinton Lions tomorrow.

It’s the last game before the Challenge Cup semi-final against London Broncos.

Eagles’ vice-captain Misi Taulapapa says only going into that game on the back of a convincing win will satisfy coach Mark Aston.

“We won’t take chances, it’s going to be a tough game,” he said. “Sometimes against lower-ranked teams it is hard but you have to lift yourself.

“You can’t ease up, it’s hard to please Tubbs (Aston) but we have got to play real good against Swinton and build on that.”

Completing the league double over Swinton will also ensure that the Eagles keep at least a one-point advantage at the top of the Championship.

After the three points are in the bag tomorrow night the focus is on the London game.

Samoan international winger Taulapapa’s two tries against Doncaster helped the Eagles to the Northern Rail Cup final and he is hungry for more.

“We know what to do, we have to get a win and a good performance before the London game,” he said.

Taulapapa has played all season with a niggling ankle injury but is determined to drive himself and his team-mates forward.

“The ankle is still playing up but I can keep on top of it” he said. “The lads haven’t talked a lot about London and it hasn’t kicked in yet but after Friday we’ll be concentrating on it.”

Prop forward Ben Gledhill, who has played 10 games on loan from Super League club Salford Reds will not be rejoining the Eagles.

The 23-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Super League club and Mark Aston had hoped to keep him to the end of the season.

“I believe he’s taken a short term deal at a rugby union club so he won’t be back,” he said. “It’s a shame but we have other young players who are bursting for a chance.”