Rugby Column: Sheffield Tigers coach talks up tough training positives

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Sheffield Tigers assistant coach Peter Swatkins believes the tough training over the past two weeks will put the side back on track in the pursuit of promotion this season.

The Sheffield side have had a week off due to Cup fixtures last weekend but are looking to improve after losing their last game away to Rossendale.

The Tigers’ disappointing defeat leaves them in fifth place in the National 3 North Division on 28 points and Peter has stressed the need for victory against seventh placed Cleckheaton who are just two points behind them in the table.

“It is a vital game on the weekend and we all know we have to improve because we let ourselves down in the last game,” he said.

“We’ve had two weeks of hard work on the training field and we know we can put things right. It has also been important to work on our mental preparation and create belief in our abilities.

“We need to recreate the sort of performance we had against Sale because we blew that side away and we can’t afford to slip up again.

“Tigers need to take advantage now because with the top teams playing each other in the next few weeks it gives us the opportunity to move up the table.”

Tigers have won five league games so far this season but have lost four and Peter has stressed that the side must take advantage of the home game this weekend and be more consistent overall or they will move down the league in a difficult division.

“I’ve made it clear that we need to build on our consistency as we were patchy in places against Rossendale, and we don’t want to be slipping up in this division,” he said.

“The squad set ourselves some goals at the start of the season and we know that we will require five more wins by Christmas to put us in the top three for the second half of the season.”

Top try scorer Liam Wallace (pictured) added: “We need to make sure that we make our possession and pressure count in the game this weekend.”

“We know we can score a lot of tries – we just need to raise our game and have belief again. To win on Saturday we need a collective performance and when it clicks for us we know we can take any team on in any area.”