Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says he was ‘disgusted’ with his side’s showing as they slumped to defeat under the lights against Dewsbury Rams.
The Eagles chief branded his side’s performance as ‘rubbish’ after the Eagles squandered a half-time lead at the Olympic Legacy Park in the first of back-to-back Friday night fixtures on home soil.
After the euphoria of their recent victory against Swinton, which virtually secured their Championship status, the Eagles slipped back into old habits with Aston again not holding back in his criticism of his ailing side.
Aston was particularly irked by the way the Eagles ended their sets, as the Rams took control of the game with a quick-fire brace after the interval.
“I'm disgusted,” he fumed to The Star. “I am absolutely disgusted about how we went about our business.
“At the end of the day they were asked to follow what we put on the board. That was to end our sets correctly, and yet in the first-half we kicked two balls where they ended up with seven plays, and we kicked two balls where they ended up with two penalties.”
The Eagles looked to have put themselves in position to rescue the situation when they moved within two points with 10 minutes remaining, but it was the Rams who held their nerve.
The Eagles coughed up possession once more when in the ascendancy, but for Aston the problems were already set in stone from a patchy opening to the game - as he conceded his side deserved exactly what they ended up with.
“The start of the game was rubbish. The start of the second half was rubbish,” he added.
“They went full length at the start of the second-half and scored a try. They were winning within 10 minutes. That's down to us not doing our jobs. We didn't do the things we spoke about.
“It started poorly and it carried on into the second-half where we kicked the ball in the air and they caught it on the full in goal, seven plays again and they scored off the back of that. Our end of sets, game management, where we are going, what we are doing - I have no idea. It has been the story of the season. I have said it before. I honestly feel like ragging them in all weekend, but what’s the point that’s just punishing the staff.”