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Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons isn’t worried about his rivals as his team looks to keep up its title challenge.

Lyons saw the best and worst of his team last weekend as Sharks beat leaders Newcastle Eagles but lost at Worcester Wolves a day later to remain fifth in the table. There are 15 matches still to play, but four teams remain above Sheffield as they bid for their first league title since 2003.

Lyons said: “We have a lot of games coming up over the next few weeks; it is a really tough stretch for us.

“I’m not even looking at what the others are doing. Unless we’re playing them we can’t affect their results so we’ll just concentrate on doing our job and worry about them when we play them.”

While Sharks dented Newcastle’s hopes of retaining the league with their win, the Geordies suffered a bigger blow on Saturday when they lost at Leicester Riders. It meant the Eagles fate was now out of their hands. Mersey Tigers now appear favourites. Sheffield still have to play the Tigers three times during the run-in and that is perhaps why Lyons still remains philosophical over all his rivals performances. BBL Cup winners Sharks are to be honoured tonight in a Civic Reception at the town hall.