Sheffield Tigers’ League Cup dream looks over for another year after they suffered a crushing 63-28 defeat in their semi-final first leg at rampant Edinburgh last night.
Sheffield were simply outclassed as they ran into a high-flying Monarchs team who are unbeaten in 17 meetings so far in 2014.
But it was still a hugely disappointing result, after the Tigers had reached this stage of the competition.
They are now left needing a minor miracle to keep their hopes of glory alive as they aim to overcome a 35 point deficit in the second leg on home soil later this month.
After claiming a tremendous victory over Glasgow 24 hours earlier, the Tigers could not continue their form at Armdale with what was a sluggish performance.
Three Edinburgh 5-1s in the opening four races instantly left the visitors on the back foot - and the hosts eventually ran in nine maximums to claim a comprehensive win.
Skipper Simon Stead top scored for Sheffield with ten points, yet he struggled with some slow starting and could only manage second place as he took his side’s first tactical ride in heat five.
He did claim the Tigers’ only race win as he combined with Leigh Lanham for a 5-1 in heat 11, yet it proved a rare bright moment on what was overall a miserable evening.
Sheffield will aim to put a truly forgettable evening right behind them when they host Scunthorpe in a mouth-watering Premier League clash at Owerton on Thursday.
n Tigers: Stead 10, Lanham 6+1, Compton 6, Nielsen 4, Poole 2+2, MacDonald 0, Ty Proctor r/r.