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Sheffield Eagles v Featherstone Rovers

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 15:00pm

Championship - Round: 18

Stats over last 8 encounters

Points

157
268

Wins

2
6

Loses

6
2

Tries

29
49

Sheffield Eagles chief Mark Aston says now is the time for his players to “start delivering on home soil”.

The Eagles welcome third-placed Featherstone Rovers to the Olympic Legacy Park after beating Batley Bulldogs 38-20 at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last weekend.

Sheffield have had a disappointing home campaign at the OLP thus far and Aston hopes last week’s triumph on the road can be replicated in the Steel City.

“Featherstone have been one of the form teams in the competition so it’s certainly going to be a tough ask for us,” he admitted.

“But then again hopefully we got a bit of confidence out of last week and we can start delivering on home soil.

“We have got to be able to match them because they have got some players out there that can certainly play.

Both wingers (Luke Briscoe and Shaun Robinson) are very devastating and their pack of forwards are big and strong.

“They have quality all over as well as Mr Competitive himself, Misi Taulapapa.

“There are lots of challenges for us but we are up for it.”

Sheffield’s Director of Rugby wasn’t best pleased by the performance against Batley, despite coming away with the spoils.

All of the Bulldogs’ tries came from dummy-half which angered Aston and when asked if there is room for growth going into this weekend, he said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, we were just so inconsistent,”

“We showed lots of good things against Batley, our defence particularly in the second half was good as we let one try in.

“There were two or three lapses of concentration on the line which they scored off.

“We are still not great with the ball.

“That’s what I have spoken about coming into this week, that we have to be better with the ball in hand.”

Aston revealed winger Ben Blackmore is a doubt for the game with a knee injury.

By Dan Fowler