Sheffield Eagles will take heart from fellow Championship club Halifax, as they prepare to meet Super League heavyweights Widnes Vikings tomorrow.
For large parts of the opening round of the Super 8s the West Yorks club looked on course to upset the form book, level pegging at half-time before Widnes powered to a 14-0 success. Aston was encouraged by Halifax’s performance and in light of the Eagles’ drubbing by Bradford last weekend, he urged his side to take inspiration from Fax’s battling qualities as they head to the Select Security Stadium (3pm).
“We must play better for 80 minutes” Aston said. “We are playing a team who are going to be playing much quicker on a fast track. Can we handle that? Halifax gave a good account of themselves last week, we didn’t. If we have anything about us we’ll come up with a positive performance.”
Widnes finished the Super League season in ninth position and with playmaker Kevin Brown at their disposal, they are sure to be the favourites to finish top of the Super 8 Qualifiers. “We let ourselves down on the big stage last week, but we dust ourselves down and move on” Aston added.
“This is the stage for big players and we need to stand up and be counted.
“We believe anything is possible and we can write our own story. We are onto the next chapter; we are looking forward to this game with Widnes which is the next challenge.”
Aston has already confirmed that he will make changes to his side and he will be monitoring the fitness of half-back Kyle Briggs who has been nursing a shoulder problem.
“Kyle Briggs is struggling with his shoulder at the moment,” he confirmed.
“We will wait to see if he will be okay for the weekend, or is it time to give him some time out to get him repaired. We have players who can come into the side, and we will look to give everybody a chance.”