Sheffield Tigers youngsters can take positives out of loss

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Sheffield Tigers director of rugby Dan Richmond insists a whole host of his young players are now in the reckoning for further first-team action after showing some fighting spirit in defeat to Stourbridge.

Hosts Stourbridge, third in SSE National Two North, racked up three tries within 17 minutes and eventually triumphed 31-7, as the Tigers struggled to convert possession into points.

Josh Redfern dotted down a converted try for the visitors’ only score of the game on the hour yet Richmond is adamant his young guns soaked up valuable experience. “You’ve got to give Stourbridge credit,” said Richmond. “They controlled the position better in early parts of the game, their scrum half was particularly excellent and some of our younger players can learn from that. We were able to give some players some opportunities and exposure to that level of play and our squad will benefit.

“The younger lads who have learned a lot from the experience will now be looking to represent the team in the next week again and from there on after.

“There’s a lot they can learn from that and we will be reviewing those performances on an individual basis heading into selection next week.”

The defeat leaves the Tigers six points away from safety after third-from-bottom Hull hammered Dudley Kingswinford 62-0.

Yet Richmond is not paying any attention to the league table and has urged his players to build on their set-piece play by putting more points on the board.

“We had great heart and spirit and it was disappointing not to have come away with something from the game,” he said.

“With our defensive line-outs we were coming away with 90% of their ball. We’ve just got to be better when we do win that ball, getting into a position to convert it into points. “There were some good standout performances and within that playing in tricky conditions.

“Dean Scotthorne absolutely dominated the lineout, he was as only as good as his lifters but he really impressed and our scrum-half, Ryan Holmes, had a good performance.”

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