Simon Stead praises his ‘tough’ Sheffield Tigers after two impressive away results

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Simon Stead says his Sheffield side are made of tough stuff after two impressive away results.

They picked up consolation league points from narrow defeats at Edinburgh and Newcastle at the weekend, tracks where they have struggled badly down the years.

But the Tigers boss says the mental strength within the camp helped them through both challenges: “It’s been a productive few days and although you never like losing, the fact that we picked up a couple of points from tough trips like that shows the strength in the team.

“They’re a tough bunch of lads and we’re working hard as a team, it’s been tricky at times in certain areas but we’ve got on with it.

“I think it sets us up nicely for the rest of the season and who knows what we can achieve? We’re into the next round of the Knockout Cup and we’re doing well in the league, I don’t think the owners or the supporters could wish for much more.”

Sunday’s six-point defeat at Newcastle saw a tense finish with Sheffield needing a shared result in the last heat to hold on.

Josh Grajczonek (pictured), who has proved to be an inspired signing, held his nerve when it mattered.

Said Stead: “We knew we needed a 3-3 from heat 15, and Josh has already done that for us a couple of times.”

Sheffield face Newcastle again at Owlerton on Thursday and are still looking for a replacement for Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who wants time out of the team.

He has 28-days to make a final call on his season before Sheffield have no option but to make a permanent signing to replace him.