Rugby Union: Richmond wants officials to tame the Lions

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Sheffield Tigers director of rugby Dan Richmond is hoping for strong officiating when the forward power of Leicester Lions comes to Dore Moor tomorrow.

Despite four losses in their last five SSE National League Two North fixtures, the Tigers clinched losing bonus points against in-form Chester and Macclesfield and toppled fourth-placed Sedgley Park a fortnight ago.

The promising run of form finds them five points away from safety but the Lions will also fancy their chances having blown away Preston Grasshoppers 47-15 last Saturday.

And as part of Richmond’s masterplan to stifle their threat, he insists well-refereed scrummaging will be key to his side’s hopes.

“Leicester Lions are traditionally built around their forward pack and I will be making sure we get a referee that understands that area of the game,” said Richmond, who’s side lost 32-22 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

“Like most games in this league it starts up front and front-foot ball will be crucial, as will a solid scrum platform to build from. We troubled them when we played them at the start of the season with how we play the game; we managed to get around them and I expect our pace on the wing to scare them.

“We had a very strong performance from the XV that started recently and they will be rewarded for that but we have a big squad and people will be getting a rest.”

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