Sheffield Eagles sealed their third win of the season over Swinton Lions in nail-biting fashion as Mark Aston’s men limped over the line. Ben Blackmore scored a hat-trick for the Eagles while Danny Richardson starred on dual-registration from St Helens. The Lions looked more lively in the forwards, with Josh Barlow near to his destructive best. Jack Murphy bagged a first half hat-trick for Swinton but it proved to be a losing effort.
Sheffield raced into a 22-0 lead before Swinton cut the deficit to just six points by the break. It was a frenetic start by the Eagles, who broke the deadlock in the third minute thanks to Matt James. Richardson added the extras. The hosts improved on their advantage when Blackmore crossed the chalk following a killer ball to Jake Spedding from Remy Marginet. Richardson once again on target. The Saints half-back was at the forefront for Sheffield’s next score as he laid on a four pointer for Jack Owens. Blackmore completed his brace in the corner soon after, with Richardson missing his first conversion of the afternoon. However, being 22 points up seemed to make Sheffield complacent and Swinton more than capitalised. A five minute hat-trick from Murphy got the Lions back into the contest, as Chris Atkin kicked two from three conversions.
After the break, the Eagles extended their rather slender lead as Blackmore touched down following a break from Spedding. Two quick tries from the Lions made it nervy times once again for Sheffield as Shaun Robinson and Mike Butt both touched down. Just two points separated the sides and that was eradicated when Atkin kicked a penalty to level matters. Richardson kicked a penalty and, soon after, supported a break by Minchella to score a timely try. The conversion made it a two score game before Atkin kicked another penalty as the arrears were reduced to six. The visitors had a chance to level the scores following Rhodri Lloyd’s try in the corner but Atkin’s kick went wide. In the last minute of the game, Garry Lo scorched over from dummy-half to seal a hard-fought win for the South Yorkshire club.