SHEFFIELD TIGERS: The night race aces transformed from heroes to zeros

Joe Haines
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SHEFFIELD joint team manager David Hoggart wants to put Sunday’s Knockout Cup horror show behind him and get on with the rest of the season.

Tigers threw away a 26-point aggregate lead at Newcastle to crash out of the cup in embarrassing fashion, losing 62-28 on the night.

That defeat followed another at Leicester the night before, albeit in a very different manner, and now Hoggart admits he just wants to forget all about the nightmare weekend.

He said: “It was heroes to zeros really and we had our worst night of the season right across the board.

“Credit to Newcastle because they were really up for it and they did to us what we did to them on Thursday, just by a slightly bigger margin. We could have done a lot better, of course, but we didn’t and that’s sport.

“Ricky Wells can take a bit of credit, while Joe Haines rode his heart out, but other than that we struggled. Emiliano Sanchez hadn’t slept since 2am on Saturday morning and spent all weekend in airports trying to get to Newcastle, so he can be forgiven a bad one. We just had an off night collectively.

“I’m not one to look backwards when you’ve lost because there is nothing you can do. In hindsight we would’ve changed this or that but in reality we can’t so what’s the point? We had a bad night, we lost and we are out of the cup. Now all we can do is concentrate on our next meeting.

“I feel for the fantastic fans who made the trip up to Newcastle because we let them down. We are all gutted at the way it turned out and are desperate to put that right.”