Rugby Union: Tigers seek safety push

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Ahead of Sheffield Tigers’ trip to Hull, captain David Bradford admits that time is running out if his side are going to claw their way out of the SSE National League Two relegation zone.

The Tigers face the team directly above them in the league tomorrow, though Hull have a reasonably comfortable 11-point cushion between themselves and their visitors.

“In the next few games we play the teams directly around us and if we do not get the right results we could be in a lot of danger,” Bradford said.

“These are desperate times but with nine games left to play we have to stay strong and play to the best of our ability.

“It’s a massive game as if they win, they will probably consider themselves safe from relegation, while we will be looking to get any points to drag teams back down around us.

“We gave away two soft tries at the start of our last match and we can’t afford to do that again so we need more focus from every position on the pitch.”

When the two teams met in the reverse fixture back in November, the Tigers narrowly lost out by just two points in an 18-16 loss.

And it comes as no surprise to Sheffield’s captain that both teams find themselves in a similar position almost four months down the line as he believes the sides share a several strengths and weaknesses.

Bradford added: “To be honest we are a similar type of team, they rely on their forwards quite a bit while their backs will score a few here and there.

“A lot of our players know their boys, so we understand each other’s abilities and also with this, there will always be a more competitive nature to a game.”

“We do not have that many injuries and there will be a lot of players fighting for a start.

“Quite a few players were unavailable for the last game but they’re back now so the team is only going to benefit from this competition for places.

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