Director of rugby Dan Richmond is targeting a productive final stretch in SSE National League 2 North, after defeat at Hull compounded Sheffield Tigers’ relegation fears.
Playing for just the second time since late January, having suffered three postponements on the trot, Sheffield were looking to bounce back from defeat to Otley last weekend.
And the trip to Hull offered an opportunity to bridge the gap to safety, with the hosts one spot and 11 points ahead of the Tigers at kick-off.
Richmond’s side were well in the contest at the halfway stage, after a pair of Thomas Outram penalties and Jonathan Buchanan’s try had them 17-11 behind.
However, Hull blew away the visitors after the break, running in six tries in total to claim a bonus-point win and worsen Sheffield’s situation.
Richmond admitted the result left his side hurting but he is already looking to the rest of the season and the eight games remaining, which will decide their fate.
“Every game is a must-win for us now,” he said. “We have got eight games left and that’s 40 points on offer, so that is what we keep telling ourselves.
“This is the second week that we have not got anything out of the game.
“We have to look at how we manage the game, especially the periods either side of half time.
“This defeat hurts, but the best thing about sport is that you get the chance to put it right the following week.”
The Tigers simply couldn’t match their hosts in the second half, as three tries in a ten-minute spell shortly after the break put Hull well on top.
Peter Swatkins dotted down late on for the away side but it was a mere consolation, bringing the score to 39-16 in the dying seconds.
Richmond was frustrated not to pick up at least a bonus point for the second week running and he knows they can do so much better – something proven by victory against high-flying Sedgley Park back in January.
“When you look back at the game we didn’t control it either side of half time,” he added.
“Both teams were going at it hammer and tongs. They took their chances when we fumbled the ball and that was costly for us.
“The boys are learning week on week and today we came up against a good Hull team. It was a fast track, which both teams wanted, but they took advantage of our mistakes.”
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