Dan Richmond believes his Sheffield Tigers were denied their first SSE National League Two North win of the season by the officials after leaving Leicester Lions empty handed.
At half-time Sheffield were just two points behind as Peter Swatkins’ two tries looked to peg Leicester Lions back who were 17-15 ahead. But despite Swatkins wrapping up his hat-trick the Lions crossed twice more to condemn to force a 34-22 win.
Richmond is adamant it would have been a different story had the officials not changed tack after half-time.
“I’m pretty annoyed, it was a close first half and I think going in 17-15 both teams were evening each out” Richmond said.
“We had two clear chances from our set piece and we scored one try off the line-out without Leicester being able to put a hand on us in attack which just goes to show our threat out wide; I was really impressed with the application from the boys to achieve that.
“So it was a great contest at half-time going in but the second half was disappointing from the interpretation we were seeing from the officials at scrum time. That allowed Leicester to get some field position and build pressure through their scrum and line-out.
“And that pressure told. We were on the wrong side of a few free kicks and penalties, we lost territory and feel we are being let down by the officials.”
Tigers are the only side without a point in the league after five games. Richmond said: “We have got to keep building on our positives. “You dust yourself and build yourself up again. The spirit in the squad is phenomenal. The improvements are what drive you on for the next week.
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