Sheffield Eagles aim to end on a high

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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is looking for his players to keep their momentum going in tomorrow’s trip to Rochdale Hornets.

The Eagles have won seven of their last eight matches, including their last five on the bounce, and the game at Spotland represents their final regular season match before the playoffs. Rochdale have been relegated and lost 48-0 to Eagles 10 days ago, but Aston has warned his troops not to take the Hornets lightly.

He said: “It’s their last game of the season; they have nothing to lose and that’s always a danger. They can afford to throw the ball about and try different things. What we have spoken about all week is respect. Two weeks ago we played well and they know we’re a quality team, but they will try and ambush us and we have to be ready for that.

“We can’t just expect to have an easy day at the office. They are going to be busting a gut to finish on a positive note.” Aston added: “We’ve won our last five and we need to make it six. The importance then switches to the week after where you’re either in or you’re out. We’re going into it in good form, something we seem to do at this time of year.”

“We’re very confident that if there is any team that knows how to play knockout rugby, that has got to be us over the last few years, but it counts for nothing as there are a lot of teams who are fighting to get there.

“We set an objective at the beginning of the season to reach the Grand Final and win it for the third year on the bounce. It’s achievable but we are going to have to keep working hard.”