Trio of penalties from Tom cannot prevent defeat

Sheffield Tigers Tom Outram lines up a kick between the posts
Sheffield Tigers Tom Outram lines up a kick between the posts
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Sheffield Tigers head coach Dan Richmond is convinced his side is on its way to becoming a genuine attacking threat – but there is still plenty to improve on.

The Tigers suffered their 10th loss in 11 SSE National League 2 North games on Saturday, leaving Bromsgrove with a 31-19 defeat.

Three Tom Outram penalties had Sheffield in contention for the first half-hour before the hosts eased into a comfortable lead.

However, tries from Nicholas Pearson and Matthew Neary ensured Bromsgrove didn’t race away to a dominant win. The Tigers have picked up just seven points this season and sit 11 points from safety, but Richmond insists they are not far from turning a corner.

“We played some fantastic rugby and scored some outstanding tries but we’ve got to be able to manage territory and possession better” he said.

“We’re playing a lot of very good rugby but we need to do it in an area of the pitch that causes problems. I am disappointed not to come away with anything from the game.

“We gave Bromsgrove too many opportunities.

“We’ve done the hard work in terms of identifying how to play but we’ve got to respect the simple parts of the game, which is making sure we get over the gain line, making sure as a team we’re moving forward and we play in the right areas.

“This way we can build pressure which forces players to panic and do something out of the ordinary.”

The Tigers host mid-table Harrogate next week, seeking to put an end to a three-match losing run in the league.

Richmond believes the problems preventing Sheffield from picking up more points are easily fixable and, with the right focus in training this week, they can be cut out.

He added: “We went down to 14 men, which was disappointing and it gave them an opportunity and then didn’t capitalise when they went down to 14.

“We’ve got to have a good hard look at ourselves as a group and identify areas that we need to improve on. The boys aren’t too down because they’re playing some outstanding rugby. The tries we scored today will give them confidence.

“There are certain areas of our game that we need to tighten up – they’re quite easy fixes – when we tidy those up we’re going to be able to put pressure on teams.”

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