Sheffield RUFC’s captain Jimmy Pearson has urged his players to be more clinical in front of the try line or risk tumbling from the top of the league, despite a 24-14 victory away at Northern on Saturday.
The Sheffield side have notched up an impressive four consecutive league victories which has rocketed them to top of North One East division on 40 points, two points clear of closest rivals Percy Park.
However Pearson, though pleased with the side’s recent win, has warned that poor finishing in front of the posts and mediocre performances could cost them in the run up to Christmas.
“I’m very glad of the win and it was an accomplished performance by the whole team.
“The defence was disciplined and well organised but we let ourselves down in the back line,” explained Pearson.
“We should have finished off another three tries and been long gone. Stronger sides would have taken advantage and we just can’t afford to slip up in this league.
“We haven’t won at Northern for a long time so that is a positive but we must build from our performance and continue to improve through to Christmas.
“The table is so tight at the top and we just can’t afford to play well one week and not the next because a team is going to come along and make us pay.”
Sheffield take on struggling Driffield, currently 11th in the league on 19 points, however the club Chairman Andy Langdale has stressed that the players must not underestimate the side and take advantage of the home game this weekend.
“They will provide a stern test as shown by their narrow home loss to Percy Park last week and we can’t start to let things slip,” Andy said.
“Right now we are in a good place results wise and the group of players just need to keep raising their games week on week.”
Tom Marples the vice-captain added: “As Adam our coach says “it is harder to score points before Christmas, and they can be worth double those after Christmas! We have to make sure we are fully focused for the weekend.”
“We need to develop for phases in the game and be on target with the tries. We want to be fighting at the top of the league for the rest of the season so we have to capitalise against teams likes Driffield.”