A desperate rally wasn’t enough to save Sheffield Eagles as they ran out of time at Whitehaven.
Sheffield had looked set for a sixth away victory after centre Menzie Yere scored two tries to bring his points total for the club to 500 but the lead slipped away just before half-time. In the final 40 minutes they struggled to take control until a late surge took them agonisingly close.
Coach Mark Aston made big changes for the trip to Cumbria with his son Cory coming in at stand-off and young forwards Alex Palmer and Jack Blagbrough starting.
Lelauloto Tagaloa forced his way over to give Eagles an early lead but indiscipline helped Haven hit back with tries from Jesse Joe Parker and James Newton with Tom Carr adding the goals.
Record try scorer Yere turned the tables with a break from the half-way line and Quentin Laulu-Togagae set up the second for the centre with Dominic Brambani adding the goals.
The lead lasted until the final minute of the half when Callum Farrer touched down under the posts and Carr added the goal for an 18-16 lead.
Haven’s pressure after the restart was rewarded with a try from Craig Calvert. Carr added a penalty which was to prove the deciding score. Eagles finally woke up but it wasn’t until five minutes from time that winger Scott Turner crossed at the corner. Michael Knowles added the goal but Eagles had to settle for a bonus point.
Whitehaven: Carr; Burns, McAvoy, Parker, Calvert; Seymour, Taylor; Robinson, Newton, Hand, Marabe, Mitchell, Doran. Substitutes: Thorman, Crelin, Quinn, Farrer.
Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Tagaloa, Taulapapa; Aston, Brambani; Blagbrough, Owen, Stringer, Knowles,Palmer, Straugheir. Substitutes: Davey, Green, Garside, Battye.
Referee: C Leatherbarrow (RFL).