Kyle and ‘brother’ Josh leave banter on the track

Sheffield Tigers  captain Kyle Howarth, and Josh Grajczonek, below,  live with Howarth's family. Photo: Marie Caley
Sheffield Tigers captain Kyle Howarth, and Josh Grajczonek, below, live with Howarth's family. Photo: Marie Caley
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Kyle Howarth promised to tone down the brotherly banter with Tigers partner-in-crime Josh Grajczonek despite Monday’s mammoth result in the Premiership.

The Sheffield duo, who live with Howarth’s family in Manchester, were on opposite ends of Wolverhampton’s 62-28 hammering of Somerset at Monmore Green.

It marked the home side’s best win for more than a decade while consigning the Rebels, top-flight debutants in 2017, to a rude awakening.

Grajczonek had to settle for a rare return of three but Howarth, the scorer of seven-paid-nine, vowed not to rub it in ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Redcar (7.30).

“Josh has lived with me over here for six years now and we have a good relationship on and off the track,” said Howarth.

“We have always come up against each other along the way and tend to leave any business at the track.

“We have a family life at home. He is like my brother now he has been here that long so we try to switch off from the racing as much as we can.”

Fresh from winning last week’s British semi-final at Owlerton, Howarth believes Sheffield running Edinburgh close in the Knockout Cup is a sign that their strong home form can be replicated on the road.

“We have had a few losses on the road but to go to Edinburgh and come away only four behind was a good sign.

“Redcar will be tough. They have some very good riders but we have every reason to believe we can do it.”