10th March 2018, 19:55
Home opener could be a cracker says Aston
Sheffield Eagles’ first fixture at the Olympic Legacy Park could be a cracker according to coach Mark Aston, who is preparing his side for the visit of Toronto Wolfpack.
The Eagles go into their opening home match following four losses from as many matches and things don’t get any easier as the full-time Wolfpack come to town.
Aston complimented Toronto’s style of play when describing how exciting this game may be.
“It could be a cracker,” said the Eagles chief.
“They had a real successful year in League 1 and Paul Rowley plays a brand of rugby that everyone can enjoy.
“We’re trying to play that sort of football, we’re trying to challenge the players to enjoy themselves and hopefully we can come up with that at the weekend.
“It’s got the potential to be a humdinger, there’s no doubt about that.”
The Eagles’ return to the city has been greeted with a lot of excitement by the fans as they look forward to watching their team back where they belong.
The club will also benefit from corporate interest too, as Aston explained the hardships of the past few seasons: “The last four years outside of the city, some fans got disappointed and disillusioned so walked away,”
“The corporate people haven’t been able to come. We’ve got 50/60 of them getting entertained at the UTC on Sunday where they’ll have a great, birds-eye view off the balcony.
“Yes, it is temporary, it will look a lot different in 12 months.
“It’s back on the site where Don Valley was, we’ll be able to generate an atmosphere and a buzz around the place.
“We just hope people enjoy it and realise the potential the club has to re-establish itself.”
Aston paid tribute to former Eagles full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae as the Samoan prepares to face Sheffield for the first time in his career.
Laulu-Togagae won two Grand Finals with the Eagles and will surely be in the ‘Hall of Fame’ discussion when he retires.
“If I can get a chance to put him off before the game, mess his hair up or something, that’s the plan from me!” Aston joked.
“It will be as strange for him as it will be for us.
“Sheffield Eagles brought him over here and he made his name with us. He will be mindful of that.
“He’s a respectful kid, a champion of a bloke and again I’ve been blessed to coach people like Q over so many years.
“It’s a difficult one, but we’re focused on how we’re going to stop him. We’re going to try and make him have a nightmare by putting the pressure on him.”
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By Dan Fowler