Eagles win inaugural 1895 Cup

Sheffield Eagles staged a stunning second half comeback to win the inaugural 1895 Cup Final at Wembley.

Widnes Vikings started the faster of the two teams and scored two tries in the first 20 minutes through Harrison Hansen and Chris Dean. Jack Owens converted both of them to leave the Vikings 12 points up.

There was a blow for the side from Cheshire early on though as Jordan Johnstone went off with a suspected fractured eye socket. He has confirmed that will be his last game for the club after agreeing to join Hull FC for next season.

The Eagles were able to pull back into the game with two tries in four minutes as Aaron Brown and Anthony Thackeray both went over. Pat Walker converted both tries to level the game.

Despite this, Widnes would go into half time in front as Tom Gilmore went over right on the stroke of half time. Owens converted once more to make it an 18-12 lead for Widnes at the break.

The second half belonged to Sheffield however, as Brown completed his hat trick with two more tries, and other efforts from Joel Farrell and Corey Makelim confirmed victory.

That result could well give the Eagles momentum as they look to break into the playoffs. They travel to Bradford Bulls next Sunday hoping to keep the pressure on.

As for Widnes, they will be hoping to secure their safety after their financial difficulties at the start of the season. They host Swinton Lions next Sunday.


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