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Sheffield Tigers Director Of Rugby Dan Richmond
Sheffield Tigers Director Of Rugby Dan Richmond
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Ben Wade has read the riot act to his players this week as he searches for more consistency ahead of their crucial game against Driffield.

Sheffield go into tomorrow’s home game against their fellow strugglers having only won once in their 12 games so far this season - a record that means they will finish this year at the bottom of the North 1 East division, regardless of their results in the next two games.

Sheffield’s director of rugby says that his players have had a tendency to switch off at crucial points in the game - a factor that, alongside a number of injuries, has cost them in narrow games this season.

“The problem we have had this season is that we haven’t had any consistency,” Wade told Grass Roots.

“We have plenty of good patches in games and we have scored some good tries from them, but we also have a tendency to switch off either side of half time.

“We have only been walked over once this season, which was against Wheatley Hills, so a lot of the time it is just coming down to us switching off at crucial times in the game.”

Driffield go into tomorrow’s game at Abbeydale Park having won three of their last four games, to keep themselves just outside the relegation places.

Wade believes his side are strong enough to match their opponents and has insisted that his team ‘need’ to get a win heading into 2014, when they have a run of fixtures against teams in the bottom half of the table.

“They (Driffield) have just found come consistency and we need to prepared to catch them out if they come here complacent,” he added.

“They are a strong side and it is going to be a very tough game, but we need to get that win.

“It has been a tough start to the season, but I believe we are turning a corner now and we are going to get through it.”

* Sheffield Tigers director of rugby Dan Richmond insists he is “very pleased” with how his team have progressed over the last six weeks, as they prepare to cross the half way stage of their National 2 North season.

After a difficult start to the campaign, the former Northampton Saints captain said back at the start of November that the upcoming six-game sequence, which started against Hull on November 9, would be season-defining.

Tigers will end that six-game run this weekend when they travel to Caldy, having won two of the five games they have played so far.

Although he was unwilling to reveal the targets he set at the start of that sequence of games, Richmond insisted he has been left impressed by the progress his team have made over that period.

“We set measurable targets and there was a slightly different focus installed which the boys have responded to,” Richmond said.

“We have set standards in the last few weeks and and coaching staff and I are very pleased with how the boys have applied themselves.

“They have shown they are capable and they are now showing signs that they can adapt to different situations, which I am also seeing on a consistent basis.

“If you look at the performances at the start of the season, we have worked hard to address certain areas.

“Their hard work on all those wet and windy Tuesdays is paying off and they are all striving to improve.”

Tigers have two more games before the Christmas break and go into the Caldy game only two points behind Bromsgrove, who occupy the final safety spot.

Ahead of that game at Paton Field tomorrow, Richmond has reiterated his desire for his side to be more ruthless near the opposition try line.

“We have got to build on the progress that we have made over the last few weeks” he insisted.

“We have some video analysis and we know what we have to do to exploit Caldy.

“We need to be able to execute the chances that are coming our way and, if we focus on ourselves and be accurate with our basics, then we shall pick up points this weekend.”