Sheffield Tigers can build on win

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Captain David Bradford wants Sheffield Tigers to take momentum from their win over Dudley Kingswinford into their remaining games as they bid to stay in SSE National League Two North.

In a battle at the bottom, the Tigers secured a bonus point by half-time thanks to tries from Peter Swatkins and Josh Redfern and two from Nick Thomson.Further tries from Redfern, Swatkins and Andrew Barnes completed the 45-8 rout.

Bradford admits there are still things Sheffield need to improve on but says: “We threw the ball around a lot, more than we’ve done all season. Thankfully the passes stuck and we were able to run in several tries. The forwards stuck to their patterns and we were able to get some mismatches out wide. A few boys went through gaps and we were able to hold onto the ball and offload long enough to get ourselves over the line. WIt was frustrating to concede a try at the end. We had managed to keep them out all match, but overall we’re happy with the performance.

The Tigers remain in the relegation zone, ten points behind Otley and 12 behind Hull, although they do have a game in hand on their rivals.

And, with four games remaining for Sheffield, captain Bradford believes his side do have a chance of escaping the drop.

“We do feel that we can catch Otley or Hull but we can’t worry too much about what they are doing,” Bradford added.

“At the end of the day if either of them were to win one more game and pick up five points then it would take things out of our hands.

“They play each other in a couple of weeks and that will be a big week for us to try and get some points back. One of them should lose and if they draw then it’s even better because it keeps them both in the scrap.

“We just need to focus on ourselves as we need to keep picking up points to give us a chance of staying up.”

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