Sheffield Eagles

Match Preview - Knights vs Eagles

22nd March 2019, 06:55

Match Preview - Knights vs Eagles

Sheffield Eagles will be hoping to continue their brilliant start to the season when Mark Aston’s side travel to fellow high-flyers York City Knights.

The Eagles won in dramatic fashion last time out, two late tries courtesy of Joel Farrell and Ben Blackmore gave the Eagles a 13-16 victory against the Dewsbury Rams.

The Eagles started slowly, making a number of errors which included gifting the home side a penalty. Paul Sykes tagged on the opening points of the tie,

No more points were added by either side inside the first 40 minutes, but a number of players left the field.

The Eagles were reduced to 12 and then 11 men for the second time in two weeks.

Joel Farrell was given a yellow card for a high tackle on Samy Kibula before Brad Knowles was given a red card for fighting, Rams prop forward Chris Annakin was sent to the sin-bin on his 100th career appearance.

The numbers were then evened up as Wigan Warriors loanee Kibula was sent off for a high tackle on Farrell, who returned from the sin bin.

Dewsbury started the second half strongly, Owen Trout grubber-kicked through before feeding Sykes, who completed the move and then converted for an 8-0 lead.

Former Eagles winger Rob Worrincy slid in at the corner as the Rams stretched their advantage to two converted tries with less than half an hour remaining.

Five minutes after Worrincy’s score, the Eagles got on the board for the first time. In-form half-back Anthony Thackeray scored directly from Sheffield’s scrum, throwing a dummy to divert past the Dewsbury defence. Pat Walker goaled.

Paul Sykes, who was influential throughout the game, added a one-pointer on 63 minutes as the hosts’ lead extended once again

In an effort to stop an Eagles break, Dewsbury centre Adam Ryder was sin-binned for a high tackle on Joel Farrell.

The Eagles soon broke downfield again, Thackeray ran through the Rams defence before feeding Ryan Millar. The speedster was tackled before Liam Finn was sent to the sin bin for a flop.

Sheffield got back into the game quickly, scoring immediately from the penalty thanks to Farrell. Walker converted to bring one point between the sides.

Just a minute later the visitors got what proved to be the winning try. Thackeray found Blackmore with a looping pass and the winger acrobatically finished.


Sunday’s hosts also won last weekend, comfortably running out 38-16 winners over Halifax.

James Ford’s side continued their superb start to the season, with just one loss in six rounds. The reigning Betfred League One Champions suffered a narrow loss to table-toppers Toronto Wolfpack in the opening round but bounced back emphatically with victories over Dewsbury, Barrow, Bradford, Leigh, and Halifax.

Winger Judah Mazive opened the scoring at Bootham Crescent. More points were then added by former Eagle Sam Scott before Ben Cockayne added two tries. Matty Marsh sealed the win as his supporting run was rewarded with a try.

One to Watch- Connor Robinson

Our one to watch on Sunday is the Knights half-back Connor Robinson, the 24-year-old joined the North Yorkshire club in 2017 from Halifax.

Robinson, who has been instrumental in York’s promotion and recent success in the Championship, kicked nine goals from as many attempts in last week’s victory over Halifax and has now scored over 540 points in just over 40 games for the Knights.

By Lewis Coleman