Rugby Union: Tigers in important home date

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The trick to success is developing a hungry squad, according to Sheffield Tigers head coach Dan Richmond – and he insists that’s exactly what he’s got ahead of Saturday’s key HOME clash with Otley.

A trip to promotion-seekers Stourbridge last Saturday ended in a 31-7 defeat but several young players took their chance to stand toe-to-toe with one of SSE National Two North’s finest outfits.

And, as the Tigers look to drag Otley back into a relegation dogfight on Saturday, Richmond believes it is essential for his squad to prove they are brimming with strength in depth.

“It’s great that this group of players, after any defeat, are able to learn from it and then take steps to rectify their mistakes,” said Richmond.

“You often learn what your players are about after a loss more so than a win.

“We were able to rotate the squad round and give guys opportunities to put their hands up and offer themselves as a solution.

“It’s exciting as I’ve now got 30 players who are all good enough to play for the first team to choose from and they are champing at the bit to do just that.

“Competition is really high and that has an effect on overall performance.”

Otley are currently 12 points ahead of second-from-bottom Tigers, but following two home victories at Dore Moor in 2014, Richmond claims his side are in prime position to start catching back up.

“We have a challenging time in the league but I think it’s often easier to look up and close in one those above you than to be wary of what’s over your shoulder,” he added.

“We want to continue our winning record at home for 2014 and it will be made clear that I expect accountability from the lads’ performance.

“If they don’t it will be lovely to bring someone in who wants and will take that chance.”

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