Swinton Lions v Sheffield Eagles
Sunday 26th March 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 7
Stats over last 8 encounters
Sheffield Eagles take on Swinton Lions this weekend, in hope of finding their second victory of the Championship season.
Both sides have one win to their name, with Sheffield in tenth and Swinton one place above them by virtue of points difference.
The Lions booked their place in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup with a 40-8 win over London Skolars while Sheffield were beaten 48-10 by Hull Kingston Rovers.
Last Time Out
Swinton Lions safely progressed to the next round of the Challenge Cup as they beat London Skolars.
Despite the rather one sided final score of 40-8, the Lions only led 10-0 at the break thanks to a Shaun Robinson double.
After the restart, Mike Butt and Grant Gore both got on the scoresheet to extend their side’s lead to 22 points before Sam Nash replied with London’s opening score of the game. Gore, Anthony Nicholson and Andy Bracek all added four pointers in the space of six minutes to seal the win before Nash completed his brace in the latter stages of the contest.
Sheffield Eagles’ stint in the Challenge Cup proved short-lived as fellow Championship club Hull Kingston Rovers triumphed at KCOM Craven Park.
The Eagles went down 48-10 but were only eight points down at the break, which will have pleased the visiting fans.
Thomas Minns and Shaun Lunt got the ball rolling for the Robins with a try apiece before Dane Chisholm replied for Sheffield on 22 minutes.
Adam Quinlan restored the hosts’ two score advantage soon after but the Eagles were proving stiff opposition and when Ben Cockayne was sin-binned for a high tackle, Mark Aston’s men were ready to capitalise.
Garry Lo cut the deficit to 18-10 with his side’s second try of proceedings. In the second half, though, all the scoring was one way traffic as Sheffield failed to add any more points while Hull KR registered five tries.
Lunt, Maurice Blair and Cockayne all touched down before Jamie Ellis and James Greenwood rounded things off in style with a try apiece.
Chris Hankinson and Mike Butt filled the centre positions for Swinton at the weekend against London, with the former getting on the scoresheet to stake his claim for a permanent spot in the side.
Butt and Hankinson both crossed the whitewash against Toulouse and they’ll be hoping to do the same against Sheffield at Heywood Rod on Sunday.
There’s been a lot of chopping and changing in the Eagles team over the first few months of the season, with coach Aston looking to find the right formula.
Menzie Yere and Eze Harper were the centres against Hull KR, both giving different qualities to the team.
Yere has been known for his short range tries while being able to break the line in any part of the field while Harper is a tall presence who can be a threat when targeted with cross-field kicks.
It’ll be interesting to see who gets the nod in the centres as the Eagles look to put their bad form behind them and start picking up some good results.