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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Players will have to raise their game against Sheffield, warns Workington Town coach

The champions are coming to Town and Workington coach Gary Charlton admitted: “We’ve got to get smarter.”

Marc Shackley photo
Marc Shackley

Sheffield Eagles, who beat Featherstone Rovers in last year’s Grand Final, will pose one of the biggest threats of the season when they turn up at Derwent Park on Sunday (3pm ko).

The Town players sat and watched the video nasty from Sunday’s 26-4 defeat at Doncaster, at training last night, and Charlton said: “We had four good chances to score before Doncaster put a point on the board.

“We just have to be smarter with the final pass. In this league, if you don’t take your chances they will come back to haunt you. And that’s just what happened last Sunday.

“Sheffield aren’t champions for nothing. They are a very good team and they’ve got threats all over the park. The lads are very aware that they will have to up their game on Sunday.”

The Eagles’ main threats are likely to come from full-back Quinten Laulu-Togagea, the Samoan international who scored a very impressive 35 tries from 31 games last season.

Charlton also singled out centre Yere Menzie, nicknamed the Jukebox because he is full of big hits. And the Town coach also had praise for hooker Andrew Henderson who “is a very smart player”.

“We know we had a bad day on Sunday and now we have the chance to try and put things right,” added Charlton.

“A lot of our lads haven’t played at this level and are on a learning curve. But the performances they gave in the first two games prove they are up to the challenge.”

Sheffield led Swinton Lions, the team Town beat in the opening game of the season, 8-6 at half-time last Sunday before pulling away to win 52-20.

Town are expecting to have Marc Shackley (knee) and Kris Coward (flu) back in contention for the game and there were no reports of injuries at last night’s training session.

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