Rugby Union: Tigers skipper satisfied despite away loss

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Sheffield Tigers gave as good as they got according to captain David Bradford as they ended up losing a rollercoaster of a match with Luctonians.

The Tigers were beaten 35-28 at Luctonians, a result which leaves them lingering near the bottom of SSE National League Two North but Bradford they have what it takes to get back on track.

The match began at a frantic pace with Luctonians racing to a 10-0 lead within ten minutes – Costica Dima scoring first quickly followed by Drew Cheshire’s try a minute later.

And, despite a back-and-forth encounter that saw Sheffield ahead by one at the break, Luctonians ultimately had too much fire-power and stole the win.

But Bradford was happy with his team’s effort and believes a bonus point away from home is a good result as they bid to avoid relegation from SSE National League Two North.

“It was a really good match that we gave as good as we got in,” said Bradford. “We conceded early on but we were running well and showed good spirit.

“We came away with one point which isn’t the best but we are happy enough with it. There are not too many teams who have gone there and won so we are definitely happy with the point.

“We could have nicked the draw at the end but we didn’t and we were probably a little bit unlucky. We’ve scored three tries of our own at a difficult ground and there was only one score between us.

“We tried to maintain a competitive score line and we did that and gave ourselves a good chance.”

After falling behind early, the Tigers got themselves on the board with a Tom Outram penalty in the eighth minute and another ten minutes later.

The Tigers then took a 13-10 lead after Ben Parker ran over and Outram converted but Cheshire responded with his second and a William Burton conversion saw Luctonians go back in front.

Another Outram penalty pulled Sheffield within one but Burton responded in like to restore the four-point gap before Michael Bradford ran over for Sheffield late in a breathless first half.

Luctonians came out all guns blazing in the second half and three consecutive tries put them out of sight – although a converted effort from Louis Spencer in the 63rd minute gave Sheffield a glimmer of ultimately false hope.

“There was only one score in it at the end of the day,” said David Bradford. “We put in a good performance and pushed them really hard.

“We were really happy at half-time because we scored with the last play and managed to go in at the break in front.

“They came out and scored quickly in the second half and we were playing catch up which was difficult. We gave it our best shot and we’re happy with how we played.

“If we gave it 100 per cent and came away short then there’s nothing we can do it’s just a case of turning our attention to the next match and getting on with it.”

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