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Aston rues missed opportunity against Widnes


Sheffield Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston was left frustrated following a 30-20 defeat to Widnes Vikings on Sunday. 

The Eagles conceded three tries in the space of ten second half minutes, which put the game beyond doubt despite two late consolation scores from the visitors. 

On the whole, it was an improved performance from Sheffield compared to previous weeks but Aston knows there’s still work to be done to turn their form around. 

“We had enough opportunities to win the game, as far as I am concerned,” he said. 

“The performance was a lot better and it’s something to build on. 

“There are signs of recovery and the confidence coming back. We can take a lot out of that.” 

On the Widnes purple patch during the second half, Aston focused on Sheffield’s own error. 

He added: “We kill ourselves and shoot ourselves in the foot,” 

“We turn the ball over, give away a penalty and concede. 

“We have spoken about this and when the momentum swings, we need to go harder and not be soft on ourselves. 

“The most important part from today is that we looked more like us. 

“We got a performance and a few of the lads stood up. Bobby’s first spell was great and he whacked a few people. 

“Travis (Corion) had another game and looked dangerous too.” 

Aston also brought in Robbie Ward for his first league game of the year and lauded the hooker’s performance. 

Harry Tyson-Wilson also had a spell at dummy-half, making an appearance from the bench. 

“Wardy was great, he was tough and just what was needed,” said Aston.  

“He threw his body about with some intent. 

“Bobby did the same and when Harry went on, he looked comfortable and classy. 

“I am pleased with all of the younger lads, including Travis who got himself a try and dealt with some difficult kicks.” 

By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman