Newcastle forward Joe Chapman says their impressive start at EIS Sheffield was crucial as they breezed to victory over the Sharks.
Chapman recorded a game-high 30 points as the Eagles made light work of one of the teams tipped to challenge them for their title this term.
He said: “I think the good start to the game was important for us tonight, after that it was just trying to maintain that lead. We’ve also played well defensively this season and haven’t given up more than 76 points in a game so the great team defence is also one of our strengths.
“I happy with my own performance. I am about 85% back to fitness after my injury, so taking it day by day. But I am getting there and doing it 3 months ahead of schedule.”