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Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders

Sunday 22nd July 2018, 15:00pm

Championship - Round: 22

Stats over last 8 encounters

Points

198
176

Wins

4
4

Loses

4
4

Tries

34
27

Sheffield Eagles go into this weekend’s match with Barrow Raiders aiming to complete back-to-back victories at the Olympic Legacy Park for the first time since their move back to the Steel City.

It has been a turbulent ride for the Eagles so far this season with consistency hard to find on home turf.

A dramatic 30-28 win over Dewsbury Rams at the OLP saw Mark Aston’s side leapfrog their West Yorkshire counterparts on the ladder and the Director of Rugby was pleased with some aspects of the performance.

“When we play to the structures we talk about and the plan we talk about, we deliver what we are supposed to deliver,” Aston commented.

“We did that on a number of occasions against Dewsbury which was very pleasing.

“It’s a positive but it’s also a negative because we let ourselves down when we stop doing it.

“We look very good when we are doing it, scoring some quality tries, but when we stop we look like we don’t have a clue.

“It’s a bit disrespectful to each other and it’s about the discipline, which I talk about a lot.

“When something is working, don’t change it.”

The Raiders’ away form is the worst in the league with just one point gained on their travels this season.

However, Barrow have got the better of Sheffield twice from three games in 2018 and Aston knows it will be another tricky challenge for his troops.

“They have beaten us twice and we have beaten them once. They are a good team, they have some quality players,” he added.

“Their forwards are strong, direct and we have got to front up.

“The Offerdahls, Picks, Magrins and James’ have all got to front up this week and do a job on people like Joe Bullock. They have others who are certainly very strong.

“It’s going to be a tough one but we need to make it the first back-to-back (home wins) of the season and that’s what we are aiming to do.”

By Dan Fowler