RUGBY LEAGUE: Eagles target top-two finish

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SHEFFIELD Eagles sent a message that they are targeting a top-two finish with the win at Batley Bulldogs.

Coach Mark Aston says the performance will give his team the confidence they need to kick on in the final five Championship games.

“We want to get in the top two to have a shot at the ‘easy’ way of getting to the Grand Final, if not we want a top four finish so we have a home game in the play-offs,” he said.

The Eagles came back from 24-6 down to Batley at half-time to win with five tries in the final 23 minutes (32-24).

Aston added: “This was a massive win and gives the lads a boost because a lot of teams at 24-6 down at half-time would have been ‘gone’.

This will give the lads that little bit of confidence.”

Eagles form will be tested against Keighley Cougars at Don Valley on Friday.

“To beat a good team like Batley is what we needed,” said Aston.

“The first thing I’d said to the lads at half-time was ‘If we are in the game in the last five minutes we’ll win’.

“Second half, we were disciplined, we ground them down and Dom Brambani came into his own and put in some good balls and Quentin Laulu-Togagae put in some good runs. Across the board we stuck to the plan and if we do that we can win games.”