Tigers skipper leads from the front in hard-fought victory

Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford makes a determined push for the line vs Preston Grasshoppers
Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford makes a determined push for the line vs Preston Grasshoppers
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Sheffield Tigers skipper David Bradford hailed his side’s biggest win of the season so far after they moved out of the relegation places with a 15-12 success over high-flying Sedgley Park.

Coming into the clash with only three victories to their name all season, promotion chasers Sedgley will not have had much to fear from the Tigers.

But that all turned around as a late Tom Outram penalty proved enough to sneak a win that, with Hull and Bromsgrove both losing, continues their move away from the drop zone.

“We had a couple of penalties to win it at the end, we missed the first one but fortunately we managed to get the second with 30 seconds remaining on the clock. It was a great win,” Bradford said.

“We managed to score an early try out on the wing by getting a good offload in which was good. But then we lost our discipline a bit, gave away a lot of penalties and then came back into the match.

“We spoke at half time about keeping our discipline, keep hold of the ball and that spaces will open up and they did and we were able to win. “

Normally a No.8 for his side, Bradford had to slot in at centre . But Bradford looked right at home in the No.12 shirt and even crossed for a second-half try in the victory, much to his pleasure.

“I managed to get a pick and drive near the line, and probably made up about half a metre,” he added.

“I think I’m on four tries for the season now. The last two matches I have been playing with the backs instead of the back row. It’s a bit different, you get a bit more space. If I can get more tries then great, but I’m not really focused on me personally, more on the team scoring tries.

“Our vice captain Jon Buchanan got married over Christmas and has been away on his honeymoon so I’ve been moved into his position, but he’s back next week so I’ll probably be back to my usual position.”

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