Eagles need to “show steel” in the Challenge Cup this weekend, says head coach

28 March 2019

Mark Aston has said his players “can achieve anything” as they face Leigh Centurions in the Challenge Cup fourth round this weekend.

Sheffield Eagles have had a good start to the season after winning six out of their 7 games in the Championship.

Head coach Aston is hoping his side can continue their form and progress to the fifth round of the Challenge Cup, something they have not achieved since 2016.

“We pride ourselves on being really disciplined and respectful. It was great to get them back to that sort of level at the weekend,” he said.

Leigh Centurions have had good success in the Challenge Cup, reaching the quarter-finals three times in the last five years, but have never beat the Eagles in the cup.

“We played well at the weekend, and they didn’t so they’re going to come back with a bang. We’ve already surprised a few this year and we can surprise a few more.”

“We just need to get into the arm wrestle and show the steel we’ve got in this squad,” Aston added.

The Eagles have an unenviable record against Leigh, losing their last ten matches against them, but Aston is hoping their good form in the league will spur them on.

“This squad of players have certainly got a commitment and a desire to be a little bit better than there was before. They can achieve anything,” Aston added.

Ben Hellewell and Sadiq Adebiyi – recently signed on a dual-registration with the London Broncos – will be out for the clash.

Jason Crookes who has a dislocated shoulder is also still out.

“There’ll be a few people getting a chance this week. It’ll just show the strength of the squad,” Aston said.

Written by Kasey Smith

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