Seven-try Tigers in mood for biggest test of season

Sheffield Tigers RUFC  coach Thiu Barnard
Sheffield Tigers RUFC coach Thiu Barnard
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Sheffield Tigers are full of confidence heading into their biggest game of the season - against table toppers Sale this weekend - after strolling to a 50-3 victory in their re-arranged National Three match with struggling side Wirral.

The Tigers put seven tries past their Merseyside opponents as Frank Wragg Peter Swatkins, Stephen Destounis, Lee Monks, Adam Shaw, Mick Ward and Tom Outram all slid over.

Captain Nick Pearson took many positives from the game, especially the dominance in attack, and has stressed that players must use this confidence as they travel to meet the toughest opponents in the league.

“Everybody was superb, especially in the second half and you could see everyone fighting to get ahead and help each other in every area of the pitch,” he said.

“Our attacking play really came into its own, and everything came into place from us dominating the rucks to the handling in the backs.

“We need to use this now as we come up against a very physical side with lots of quality in the back row. When they played against us their backs weren’t on form that day but I think it will be a different story come Saturday.

“The side is good enough to beat them again though. It wasn’t a fluke and I want everybody to do what we did in the last game and fight for each other and every ball.”

The Dore Moor club are third in the league on 73 points after 19 games - 11 points behind Sale.

But in the reverse fixture in October, Tigers roared to a 29-3 victory and head coach Thiu Barnard said: “It will be the toughest game of the season so far but I am confident that we can get a victory because we have the quality and the right mentality in the side at the moment.

“I know their backs will be very good but I think we can have the edge over them.

“We just need to make sure we dominate the set pieces and make sure we step up our overall game from last week.”