Sheffield Tigers desperate to stop the rot after double setback

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SHEFFIELD joint team manager David Hoggart believes his side are far better than they have shown in their last two meetings.

The Tigers suffered two defeats in three days, going down to a shock defeat at home to Glasgow on Thursday before being outgunned by league leaders Workington in Cumbria on Saturday.

The defeat at Workington was not a surprise, but Thursday’s home loss was a real blow to Sheffield’s play-off hopes.

Hoggart said: “We all know that we are a better team than what our last two meetings have shown, but the results were very disappointing.

“We have great spirit in the side when we are up against it, but unfortunately we get up against it too often and we leave ourselves with too much to do. Thursday was a muck-up, we all acknowledge that, but we gave a reasonably good account of ourselves on Saturday but left without anything to show for it.”

Hoggart has also provided an update on the injuries of Pepe Franc, Emiliano Sanchez and Hugh Skidmore.

“Hugh hurt his shoulder at Workington and banged his head, but I think he’s ok and I think he’ll be riding on Thursday (when the Tigers take on Edinburgh). We are still awaiting further medical reports on Pepe and Emiliano, but they won’t be ready.

“Pepe is due to have another MRI scan on his upper body to determine the extent of the damage. He was run over by a longtrack bike and the impact was obviously far more severe than we first thought when we received the news.

“We’ll know more in the next couple of days but I imagine that we’ll be using a facility for him on Thursday, and we’ll assess our options to see what the best way to go is in terms of covering him.”