Rugby Union: Skipper tells Tigers to focus on safety battle

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Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford wants his troops to try and put Dan Richmond’s sudden departure out of their minds as they travel to Luctonians tomorrow.

The Tigers were rocked by the news that director of rugby Richmond had left the club just days before their clash with Bromsgrove, leaving assistant coach David Holmes holding the reins.

But the players didn’t let Richmond’s exit affect them; in fact it seemed to do quite the opposite as Sheffield beat Bromsgrove 28-10.

It was the Tigers’ first win since late January and gives them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation from SSE National League Two North as they are now just 12 points away from safety.

And as they look to claw their way back up the table even more, Bradford insists they must leave thoughts of Richmond at home – however tough that might be to do.

He said: “We have kept things the same. Dan left midweek and certain players will have different opinions on what happened. We cannot dwell on it.

“We just have to react to the next coach.

“It is a bit of a family club and we have to deal with it. We cannot be distracted. Dan put a lot of hard work in but the results have not gone our way. The rest of the season will be a fresh challenge for the boys.

“Mathematically it is possible to stay up. We are going out at the weekends saying the pressure is off us because we rely on results going our way. We can just go out playing and enjoy ourselves.

“Luctonians are a bit higher in the table but we will be in good spirits after the last result. We have a lot to play for and we can take a lot of positives going forward.”

Star of Sheffield’s show in the victory over Bromsgrove was Tom Outram as the fly-half converted his own try and knocked over two penalties in the win.

And flanker Bradford is hoping for more of the same as they bid to rack up back-to-back wins this weekend.

“Tom Outram was instrumental in our performance,” Bradford added. “He ran the show. If he was not off-loading or passing, he was kicking into the corner.

“We will just play with a smile on our faces and if all goes well we can stay up, and if we play like that then we have a good chance.”

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