Northern Rail Cup success a must for Eagles prop
Sheffield prop Mitch Stringer says the Eagles will use their defeat to London Broncos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals last weekend as motivation going into Saturday’s Northern Rail Cup final against Leigh Centurions.
The South Yorkshire outfit will make their first ever appearance in a Northern Rail Cup final at Halifax’s Shay Stadium on Saturday July 20 (5.00pm) and Stringer is determined to make up for last week’s defeat by securing victory against Leigh.
“We had a big game last week in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup against London and we were disappointed at how that went for us,” said Stringer.
“But we’ve put that game to bed now and refocused on the Northern Rail Cup and we’re determined to go out and show what we can really do because I think we let ourselves down a bit with our performance against the Broncos.
“As a player, you want to win every game you play in and for us to really bounce back from last week and win a trophy would be the best response possible.
“Leigh have been to the final a few times before and have a good record so it will be a tough game, there’s no question about that. They have had their issues this season and the players will be going out there determined to win and they have strong players across the park so we cannot afford to be off our game.”
Sheffield have never made it past the semi-final stage of the Northern Rail Cup in previous years but having triumphed in the Championship Grand Final last season, Stringer says the club targeted success in the Cup during pre-season.
“At the start of the year we identified the Northern Rail Cup as a real objective for us this season and we said that anything less than a place in the final wouldn’t be good enough,” he said. “Now we’ve met that, we all want to go on and ensure we win.
“To win the Northern Rail Cup for the first time would be massive for the club. The club has ambitions of playing in Super League and we need to be putting ourselves in finals and winning them on the way towards that aim.
“We’re all determined to go out there and give ourselves the best possible chance of doing that and hopefully we’ll get the result we want on Saturday and take a huge step towards hopefully completing a league and cup double this season.”
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