Eagles bow out of Challenge Cup
Sheffield Eagles are out of the 2022 Challenge Cup after losing 12-58 to Super League side Hull FC at Featherstone’s Millennium Stadium.
Hull led 0-26 at the break, with full-back Jake Connor pulling the strings, but Sheffield did get two tries on the board in the second period courtesy of Kris Welham and Tom Holmes.
Eagles boss Mark Aston handed former FC youngster Will Wallis his first career appearance while Brandon Douglas made a return to action but was taken off in the second half after being knocked out while making a tackle.
Connor got the scoring underway with the first try of the game after two minutes. Ben McNamara converted.
Adam Swift extended the visitors’ lead with a 90-metre effort directly from a scrum play. McNamara once again added the extras.
The Eagles held their own for most of the first half and had some decent field position along the way but they couldn’t capitalise. Connor Bower almost powered through a gap before knocking on and Matty Chrimes’ effort in the left corner was ruled out due to having a foot in touch.
Three tries in seven minutes for the Black and Whites all but sealed the victory for Brett Hodgson’s men.
Connor Wynne notched a brace, his tries coming either side of a four-pointer from rangy back-rower Andre Savelio.
Half-time - Sheffield Eagles 0-26 Hull FC
Hull started the second half in fine form and added another three scores in quick succession.
Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave and Connor helped Hull over the 40-point mark with half an hour left.
However, the Eagles answered back with two tries of their own. Former Hull KR centre Welham hit a fine line to get over the whitewash from an Anthony Thackeray pass. The game may have been out of sight but you couldn’t deny Welham a celebration in front of the Old Faithful and that is something he certainly provided.
Tom Holmes converted and also scored the next six points - the half-back supported a Chrimes break to dot down underneath the sticks before knocking over the goal.
Hull ended the game with three more tries for their fans to celebrate. Mitch Vulikijapani, Wynne and Jordan Lane all scored in the dying embers as the visitors added gloss to the final scoreline.
Full-time - Sheffield Eagles 12-58 Hull FC
Another trip to Featherstone next weekend for the Eagles, this time as the visitors to the league-leading Rovers.
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman