Sheffield Eagles: Frustrated Eagles bid to bounce back

Eagles Quentin Laulu-Togagae
Eagles Quentin Laulu-Togagae

SHEFFIELD Eagles hope to blast away some of their ‘ring rust’ on the training field this week - weather permitting.

The Eagles have been trapped indoors for much of their pre-season work and it showed in a narrow defeat at Halifax in their opening Championship game last Thursday.

“Obviously that’s to be expected but when you go into a boxing match you don’t expect to win it in the first round,” coach Mark Aston said.

“You could see that we hadn’t been on a field as much as we would have liked, the cohesion and the organisation wasn’t quite there and when we were put under pressure we were a bit fatigued, out of match fitness and took some poor options, which you would expect.”

Now Aston plans to get in some intensive sessions on the Don Valley pitch ahead of the visit of Batley Bulldogs on Friday night.

He’ll be watching the forecast but with more rain on the way the Eagles could face another heavy pitch as they were trapped on during the 18-10 defeat at Halifax.

“We were not able to get on the Don Valley pitch last week because of state it’s in,” said Aston. “It’s very heavy, like at Fax.

“We’d like to get three sessions in so the pitch is not going to get much rest. Let’s hope the weather lets the pitch dry up.”

Aston added: “The scrappiness of the Fax game showed that we’re not a winter rugby team.

“We have people like Q (Quentin Laulu-Togagae) - we like to play football, we want excitement and the conditions weren’t conducive to the way we play.

“But you have to adapt. We’ll roll our sleeves up and work.”