Eagles through to Challenge Cup Round 4
Sheffield Eagles booked their place in round four of the Challenge Cup with a 12-34 victory over Siddal at Chevinedge.
Jason Bass notched a second half hat-trick to help guide the Eagles through but the story lies with Siddal as the National Conference League outfit gave a brilliant account of themselves.
The Eagles were just six points up at the break, courtesy of tries from Ryan Johnson and Lewis Peachey.
Siddal got on the board through Henry Turner, who latched on to a Richard Pogson grubber. Both Cory Aston and Pogson, the goal-kickers of Eagles and Siddal respectively, converted their efforts.
Half-time - Siddal 6-12 Sheffield Eagles
Siddal were first on the board in the second period as Pogson got himself on the scoresheet with a try of his own. Having converted his four-pointer, the hosts were level and smelling blood.
However, despite heavy pressure in parts from their amateur opponents, Sheffield came out of the other end and would have Bass to thank for a quick hat-trick that would get them over the line.
His first try saw the winger nudge his way past his opposite man in the corner. Aston couldn’t convert from the touchline.
The former York man would complete his brace with a fine individual effort. Having caught a bomb at one end, he skipped past a number of defenders before going the length of the field. Matty Chrimes-esque! Aston added the extras for a 12-22 advantage.
Jack Hansen was next over the whitewash for Sheffield as he was in support of a Ryan Johnson offload. Aston converted and did so for the final try of the afternoon from Bass, who touched down a marvellous Connor Bower kick to the corner.
Full-time - Siddal 12-34 Sheffield Eagles
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman