It was the strange environment of Castle Park in Doncaster where these two sides met on a overcast Saturday afternoon. The wide pitch should have suited both sides but the slippery conditions led to both sides forcing errors. Haven coach James Coyle said the slippery conditions “took the edge of our play.”
The eagles took a half time lead of 16-4 with tries from QLT, Briggs and Taulapapa with a reply for the visitors from Craig Calvert. The eagles had the better of the play through the majority of the half and despite their best intentions they couldn’t get going as 16 penalties were given equally shared. You felt like Mr Roberts wanted you to know he was there.
The second half was a more tightly contested affair with Haven scoring two tries through second rower Scott McAvoy. Jouffret kicking two goals to level the scores at 16 all. Haven looked to be on a role after this but made a mistake straight from the kick off with Dion Aiye losing the ball in the tackle in the first play.
The error lead to Eagles regaining the lead when Scott Turner crossed in the corner off the resulting set. Briggs hit a touchline conversion to leave the scores at 22-16. Misi Taulapapa secured the victory 10 minutes from time on the back of goal line dropout. The winger scored the exact same try as Turner, but Briggs missed the conversion to leave the final score at 26-16
Prediction – Eagles by 20
Result – Eagles by 10