Refreshed Eagles ready for Workington

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston was pleased that his team had no game last week, as it allowed them to reinforce team bonds and work on some issues.

Sheffield have not been in great form so far this season, and need to improve, according to Aston.

“It was great, we did a bit of team bonding,” he said.

“If I’m honest we needed it. We haven’t been great so hopefully now we’ve got it all behind us, we can kick on.

“Workington are sat where they are, but they’ve got some quality players. They’re a good team.

“Last time, against Halifax, they were getting beat comfortably but in the second half they outscored them by about 24-6, so they’re a threat. We’ve got to be honest and good and play for 80 minutes.”

Workington also did not have a fixture, which meant that the squad could heal some knocks and injuries, according to coach Phil Veivers.

“Sheffield are well coached by Mark (Aston),” said Veivers.

“They gave us a towelling at the beginning of the year up at our place. They were pretty smart around dummy-half and chewed us up through the middle.

“We just need to be on our mettle, get a bit of steel in our middles and try and match them.”

Props Latu Fifita, Ryan Verlinden and Oliver Gordon should all be available for the Cumbrian outfit, but centre Jason Mossop remains a doubt.

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