IT IS becoming a familiar tale of woe for injury-ravaged Sheffield Tigers.
The National Two North side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season last weekend, losing 37-10 to Leicester Lions. It was the Tigers third reversal in a row and nearly half of the team missed the trip due to injury or unavailability.
In the re-arranged fixture, which had been called off last month because of a waterlogged pitch, Tigers handed full debuts to Charlie Dunn on the wing, Ben Parker at stand-off and Andy Duckham in the back-row.
Trailing 20-0 at half-time, Tigers kept battling and Alex Drage powered over for an unconverted try after the interval, having replaced Ryan Holmes at scrum-half.
But the Lions continued to dominate and winger Joe Marsden crossed to highlight their superiority.
Although Frank Wragg raced into the corner for Tigers second try, the Lions grabbed their second penalty try to wrap up the win.
Tigers will look to stop the rot on Saturday when they host Darlington Mowden Park, who are one place and five points above them in the standings.
At Abbeydale Park, an under-strength Sheffield side were thrashed 77-0 in their Yorkshire Cup first-round encounter with Hull Ionians.