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Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions

Sunday 28th May 2017, 12:35pm

Championship - Round: 15

Stats over last 8 encounters

Points

268
228

Wins

6
2

Loses

2
6

Tries

48
40

Sheffield Eagles kickstart the second day of the Summer Bash in Blackpool when they take on Swinton Lions. Both sides lost to two of the top four teams in the league last week but which side will bounce back at Bloomfield Road? 

Last Time Out 

Sheffield Eagles were beaten 45-20 against Toulouse Olympique at Stade Ernest Argeles. The visitors were 26-6 down at the break despite Kyle Trout’s try. Former Eagle Stan Robin notched a brace while Kane Bentley and Sebastien Planas also touched down.

Mark Kheirallah added a penalty goal to his tally before the interval. After the restart, Garry Lo temporarily cut the deficit with the first try of the second period before Bastien Canet resumed normal service for Toulouse.

Paddy Flynn bagged a four pointer on debut for Sheffield prior to Planas and Kuni Minga crossing to put the game’s result beyond doubt. Lo doubled his tally with the final try of the game before Kheirallah added gloss to the scoreline thanks to a drop goal. 

Swinton Lions put up a good fight against Hull Kingston Rovers but were undone 42-18 at KCOM Craven Park, mostly down to a hat-trick from Ryan Shaw and brace from Jordan Abdull.

John Duffy’s men went into the sheds 14-8 down at the break after being 8-0 down courtesy of a Luke Waterworth try and a penalty from Chris Atkin. Joe Wardill and Abdull responded with tries for the hosts, and Zach Dockar-Clay also kicked a penalty.

In the second half Abdull, Andrew Heffernan and Shaw all crossed to extend the Robins’ lead before Mike Butt responded for Swinton with a try of his own.

Shaw and Butt swapped scores afterwards but the former wasn’t finished as he completed his hat-trick in the last minute. 

Key Battle 

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has a slight dilemma on his hands ahead of this weekend. The South Yorkshire club have brought in full-back Jack Owens from St Helens until the end of the season and Aston will be contemplating a debut for the former Widnes man.

However, Ryan Millar has done a sterling job at full-back up to now for the Eagles and it would seem rather harsh to remove the academy product from the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Jack Murphy started against Hull KR in Swinton’s last match and he will be expected to do so again on Sunday against the Eagles.

Murphy scored the winning try for Workington against Whitehaven at the Summer Bash in 2015 and he will be hoping for a similar performance by the seaside this year. 

The match is live on Sky Sports 3 from 12.30pm.

Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions

 

Sheffield Eagles kickstart the second day of the Summer Bash in Blackpool when they take on Swinton Lions. Both sides lost to two of the top four teams in the league last week but which side will bounce back at Bloomfield Road?

 

Last Time Out

 

Sheffield Eagles were beaten 45-20 against Toulouse Olympique at Stade Ernest Argeles. The visitors were 26-6 down at the break despite Kyle Trout’s try. Former Eagle Stan Robin notched a brace while Kane Bentley and Sebastien Planas also touched down. Mark Kheirallah added a penalty goal to his tally before the interval. After the restart, Garry Lo temporarily cut the deficit with the first try of the second period before Bastien Canet resumed normal service for Toulouse. Paddy Flynn bagged a four pointer on debut for Sheffield prior to Planas and Kuni Minga crossing to put the game’s result beyond doubt. Lo doubled his tally with the final try of the game before Kheirallah added gloss to the scoreline thanks to a drop goal.

 

Swinton Lions put up a good fight against Hull Kingston Rovers but were undone 42-18 at KCOM Craven Park, mostly down to a hat-trick from Ryan Shaw and brace from Jordan Abdull. John Duffy’s men went into the sheds 14-8 down at the break after being 8-0 down courtesy of a Luke Waterworth try and a penalty from Chris Atkin. Joe Wardill and Abdull responded with tries for the hosts, and Zach Dockar-Clay also kicked a penalty. In the second half Abdull, Andrew Heffernan and Shaw all crossed to extend the Robins’ lead before Mike Butt responded for Swinton with a try of his own. Shaw and Butt swapped scores afterwards but the former wasn’t finished as he completed his hat-trick in the last minute.

 

Key Battle

 

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has a slight dilemma on his hands ahead of this weekend. The South Yorkshire club have brought in full-back Jack Owens from St Helens until the end of the season and Aston will be contemplating a debut for the former Widnes man. However, Ryan Millar has done a sterling job at full-back up to now for the Eagles and it would seem rather harsh to remove the academy product from the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Jack Murphy started against Hull KR in Swinton’s last match and he will be expected to do so again on Sunday against the Eagles. Murphy scored the winning try for Workington against Whitehaven at the Summer Bash in 2015 and he will be hoping for a similar performance by the seaside this year.