Sheffield Eagles 36 Whitehaven 28: Brambani and Briggs shine for Sheffield

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Sheffield’s revival goes on as they made it three straight wins to strengthen their grip on a play-off place.

They always had the upper hand against relegation-threatened Haven with half-backs Dominic Brambani and Kyle Briggs having good spells and full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae scoring tries at crucial points in the game at Owlerton.

Eagles shot into the lead with two early tries down Haven’s right. Brambani provided the final pass for Matt Garside to go over for the first and Briggs broke the line from 15 metres out. Brambani kicked the first of six goals.

Jesse Joe Parker picking up a loose ball provided Haven’s reply but Eagles hit back with Menzie Yere getting to a chip kick from Briggs.

Misi Taulapapa’s delay in clearing a kick saw Haven’s Jordan Burns nip in to touch down but that was cancelled out as a high kick by Brambani took an erratic bounce for Walker to score.

Shaun Ainscough kept Haven in touch with a 70-metre effort as Eagles led 24-16 at half-time.

Sheffield stepped up the pace with Yere crashing through before passing inside for Laulu-Togagae to finish but Haven came back with Cain Southernwood juggling a pass before grounding.

Eagles went into their shell before a break by Briggs sent Laulu-Togagae scurrying in under the posts. Brambani added the goal.

Haven rescued a bonus point with an Ainscough try, Southernwood kicking his fourth goal.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Uaisele, Taulapapa; Briggs, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Straugheir, Garside, Walker. Substitutes: Tagaloa, Davey, Lillycrop, Blagbrough.

Whitehaven: Carr; Ainscough, Taylor, Parker, Burns; Seymour, Southernwood; Forster, Newton, Hand, McAvoy, Mitchell, Doran. Substitutes: Thorman, Crellin, Tarahoui, Robinson.

Referee: D Merrick (RFL).