The National League Three North is back in action this Saturday after a one week hiatus due to the regional cup fixtures. Both Steel City teams are in action; the table-topping Tigers travel east to play promotion rivals Hull and will be hoping to extend their ten point lead at the top of the league.
Meanwhile, in form Sheffield RUFC host Rossendale and will be aiming for a fifth win in succession. The Abbeydale-based side have surged up the table in recent weeks and are now fourth in the league.
Sheffield are only three points shy of the play-off place; but teams from second to sixth are only seperated by six points.
Jason Soden, director of rugby at Sheffield RUFC said: “Rossendale are a good side, with a good set of solid players and are a tough team in the northwest.
“It’s a big game; it sets us up for a tough run up to Christmas where we play Waterloo and then host the Tigers.
“It’ll be a tough game, they’re a good outfit and this is a strange league, anybody can beat anyone”.
Tigers’ Yorkshire Cup game last weekend was cancelled, and Soden said: “That is a shame due to the form we are in.
“We have a really strong squad, but we were aware there were five or six players we knew could do with a rest.
“So the break has come as a welcome opportunity to get some time off and recharge their batteries
“It’s a tough league, there are no two ways about it, it is a difficult league, but that is what makes it a great league.
“You only need a couple of injuries and it really puts a strain on your squad.
“I think we’re fortunate we have such a strong squad and we’ve got a lot of lads pushing from our second team into our first.”
Sheffield’s strength in depth is highlighted by the fact that their second, third and fourth sides are all top of their respective divisions.
And Soden said: “It’s great.
“It means our third team are pushing our second team and they are making sure our first team are performing week in, week out.
“It also means we have the opportunity to rotate players to make sure we have the best side out each week”.
Sheffield’s clash against Rossendale kicks off at Abbeydale at 2.15pm.