2nd July 2018, 16:55
Aston: Eagles showed plenty of promise
Mark Aston expressed his happiness with his side’s valiant performance against Toulouse Olympique at the Olympic Legacy Park yesterday.
The Eagles lost 46-24 but outscored the French outfit in the second half after going into the interval 30-4 down.
In scorching heat, Sheffield kept battling and got their reward with three tries in the final quarter as Ryan Millar and Adam Swift both completed their braces with stunning finishes while Joshua Toole also crossed the whitewash.
“We showed plenty of promise and good stuff but we just didn’t complete in that first half and on the back of it, they (Toulouse) do what they do,” said the Sheffield Director of Rugby.
“They are a class team and have people who can score from all over the field.
“I’m going to give our boys a rap out there. In temperatures like that against a full-time team, we took it to them and outscored and outfought them (in the second half).
“(If) we kick a couple of goals, it’s a little closer. They get a try which really annoys me as they were two to three yards offside.
“You take that away and put it into context, we are not that far off.
“It was a massive effort and a massive positive for us.”
Aston praised the experience of St Helens half-back Matty Smith, who made his first appearance on dual-registration, and the way Sheffield finished the match on the front foot.
“They showed a bit of fight and that’s why I went down to the bench so I’m feeling it,” he added.
“I thought Smith was great with his talking and (being) a calming influence. Swift was class, which we know he is and the big fellas like Offerdahl, James and young Burns had a dig.
“We can take a lot of positives out of it and that’s the most important thing.
“Last week we were a bit all over the place but they bounced back with a bit of a performance, finished off with a couple of beautiful tries.
“Ryan and Swifty scored cracking tries in the corner and I was quite impressed.”
By Dan Fowler