Rugby round-up: Sheffield RUFC looking to bounce back from derby defeat at hands of Tigers

Sheffield RUFC's Jason Soden
Sheffield RUFC's Jason Soden
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The National League Three North is back in action this weekend after a three week hiatus for the festive season.

Sheffield RUFC make the journey west to face mid-table Lymm, who will be surely out to avenge the reverse fixture - which ended 18-14 in favour of the Abbeydale based club.

Elsewhere in the Steel City, top-of-the-table Sheffield Tigers will host second from bottom Cleckheaton, who the Tigers demolished 41-12 in their last meeting.

The previous game for both sides was the Sheffield derby, made even more fierce with the two clubs first and second in the league at the time coupled with both clubs on seven game unbeaten runs.

It was the Tigers who made the short trip to Sheffield RUFC’s Abbeydale ground and returned with the points, a 17-7 win sending the Dore Moor club 16 points clear at the top of the table as we enter the second half of the season.

The loss, coupled with unfavourable results elsewhere, saw Sheffield slip to fourth in the table - two points off second and third.

Jason Soden, director of rugby at Sheffield, said: “Against the Tigers we were not our best but we certainly did not disgrace ourselves.

“We played well but made a few mistakes which led to their tries. We are looking to bounce back this weekend.

“Teams from second to eighth are only separated by eight points, which shows there’s a real contest and all these sides are capable of beating each other on their day.

“When you look at who Lymm have beaten over the first half of the season, they have won against some very tough opposition but have also lost to some mediocre opposition.

“I think that can sum up the league, really.

“They may be eighth in the league but that doesn’t rule them out from turning everyone else over.

“A lot of this competition relies on squad depth. We have several players in our second team that can step up to the first XV without it impacting on us too heavily, whereas you look at other sides and they have seemed to struggle when they have lost personnel.

“From our perspective we can only play the team we are up against and just put the best team we have out, we are just going to take every game as it comes.

“But we are confident going into the game knowing if we play the best rugby we can play, we can beat any team in the league.”