Aston demands improvement

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is demanding an improved attitude from his side after last week’s 14-12 defeat at Halifax.

Aston, who was this week confirmed as the new Ireland coach, was left angry by the way his players approached their most recent Co-operative Championship fixture.

He said: “Our boys were disrespectful, and I told them what I think.

“They were too full of themselves and we are reading too much into what people are saying about us.”

Tommy Haughey returns to the Hunslet line-up, but coach Paul March (calf and knee), Luke Haigh (shoulder), Waine Pryce (hamstring) and Richard Blakeway (knee) are all doubtful.

March’s side lost 56-18 against Leigh last week, but the former Super League star is adamant Hunslet have what it takes to emerge with three points from the trip to Sheffield.

March said: “We know what they’re all about. We got a victory earlier this year in the Northern Rail Cup, but they’ve got a lot of players back since then.

“It’s a nice, wide field at Bramall Lane, so hopefully we can play some good football and see what happens.

“There were lots of positives in that Leigh performance, despite the final score. It’s not all dark and gloomy.”

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