The Eagles couldn’t progress to round six of the Challenge Cup following a 44-10 defeat at the hands of Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Belle Vue.
Liam Finn and Tirinau Arona both grabbed doubles for the Wildcats whilst Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Mika Simon and Mikey Sio also scored for the home side. Finn kicked six from eight conversions.
Menzie Yere scored both of the Eagles tries on the back of kicks. His first came from his own grubber through before he took advantage of Cory Aston’s kick later in the half.
Mitch Stringer returned to captain the Eagles after a few weeks out of the side and Dave Hewitt also returned in place of Rhys Jacks. However Duane Straugheir did leave the field for a concussion check in the second-half and didn’t return. Chris Chester made five changes to his Wakefield side including Captain Danny Kirkmond who missed out.
The Eagles actually got on the scoresheet first. A bad ball from Aston was about to hit the ground however Yere reacted poking the ball forward with a kick and managing to follow up and plant the ball down. Aston converted.
Wakefield levelled the score ten minutes later as Jacob Miller broke before finding Finn in support who crossed despite the best efforts of the chasing Eagles defenders. Finn converted.
The Wildcats took the lead soon after and again Miller was the creator as his looping ball found winger Johnstone who scored in the corner. Johnstone’s pace came in hand for Wakefield’s next try as he broke from the halfway line before throwing the ball inside to Craig Hall who then fired the ball to Finn to stroll over for his second.
Sheffield were creating opportunities and capitalized when QLT’s grubber kick was missed by Jones-Bishop before Yere got his hands to the ball to grab his second of the game and pull the Eagles back within four points.
But Wakefield would run in three tries in sequence before the interval to give them a comfortable lead at half-time. First quick hands out wide eventually found Jones-Bishop who dived over in the corner. This was followed by forward duo Arona and Simon both powering over from close-range in the final five minutes of the half.
The pace slowed down significantly in the second half with the Eagles defence keeping the Wildcats at bay for the most part. Sio did manage to evade a defenders before scoring ten minutes into the second half which Finn followed up with the conversion.
Injuries became a problem for both sides and Eagles Straugheir was taken from the field for a concussion check and didn’t return. As the game drew to a close Arona barged his way over his second of the game and Finn converted with the last kick of the game.
The result means the Eagles are out of the 2016 Challenge Cup and will return to Championship action against the London Broncos on Friday in their first home game in six.
Wildcats: Hall, Jones-Bishop, Gibson, Arundel, Johnstone; Miller, Finn; England, Howarth, Arona, Tupou, Ashurst, Sio.
Interchanges: Simon, Annakin, Yates, Walton.
Eagles: QLT, Worrincy, Yere, Tyson, Millar; Aston, Hewitt; Thorpe, Carlile, Stringer, James, Straugheir, Knowles.
Interchanges: Fozard, Minchella, Neal, Mexico.
Referee: B. Thaler. Touch Judges: S. Kilpatrick & P. Parker. Attendance: 2257