New signing Nick Thomson believes there is huge potential within Sheffield Tigers’ ranks after completing his move from New Zealand two weeks ago.
The 27-year-old centre linked up with Dan Richmond’s side from Kiwi outfit Tauranga Sports Rugby Club and has since played in both of Tigers’ last two games against Leicester Lions and Stourbridge.
After tasting victory and defeat in his first two games as a Tiger, the defeat coming last weekend in the 31-7 result against Stourbridge, Thomson is hoping he can help his new club keep up their fine form heading into the final few months of the National 2 North season.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity here, Tigers is good friendly club with a great atmosphere and environment,” Thomson said.
“It was good to get a win with the boys in the last home game (against Leicester Lions), there’s a lot of potential in the squad, with a lot of young boys coming through.
“Hopefully I can make a good contribution and positive impact on the team, find some good form towards the tail of the season and we can pick up some more wins.”
Thomson will be hoping to make his third consecutive start for Tigers when they welcome Otley to Dore Moor (2:00pm) tomorrow.
Otley are only two points above the drop zone and have won only oneof their last seven games and Tigers’ director of rugby Richmond is hoping for a much improved display from his side compared to the the reverse fixture in October.
Tigers fell to a 40-16 defeat and Richmond said his team on the day were collectively and individually poor.
“We can’t take too much out of the last game, because collectively and individually’ we were poor,” Richmond told Grass Roots.
“We let them play and move the ball forward, but we have improved week on week since then.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge between two attacking-minded teams, but it is important we don’t stray away from the target.
“We have every chance of achieving the result we want if we stick to what we are good at.”