They won’t be able to live with us if we play like this, says Sheffield RUFC chief

Sheffield played the best they have all season, says Jason Soden.  Photo: Ian Anderson
Sheffield played the best they have all season, says Jason Soden. Photo: Ian Anderson
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Sheffield RUFC ‘s rivals had better watch out!

Director of Rugby Jason Soden does not think many National League Two Midlands teams will be able to live them when they play the sort of rugby they displayed in the 28-17 win at Lichfield.

The try bonus made it maximum points to take Sheffield to fifth in the table after four games, only three points away from the top spot.

Soden said: “In the first half we were playing into the wind and we made a few silly mistakes which let them in for a couple of easy tries. We seemed to be carrying on from the disappointing performance of the previous week.

“But what is really positive is in the second half we probably played the best we have all season. We scored three really good tries, which went unanswered, and got the win as well as the bonus point.

“The second half went how we wanted it to and we played rugby the way we want to be playing rugby.

“Coach Adam Byron, gave the players some constructive criticism at half time and got the players back to playing in our patterns. Hopefully we’ll carry on from that second half when we play our next game at home to Longton on Saturday (3pm).

“If we play like we did at Lichfield I don’t think they will be able to live with us.

“In fact, if we play like we did in that second half for the rest of the season, I do not think there will be many teams that could deal with us.

“Our priority right now is to keep this team together, keep up these performances and make sure we are all pulling in the same direction.”

Sheffield Tigers were defeated by the Leicester Lions in a high-scoring game at Dore Moor. Some good play in difficult wind gave Tigersa slender 12-10 lead, but Leicester hit back to lead 20- 12 at half-time.

Tigers failed to capitalise on the advantage of having the wind behind them in the second half as Leicester scored two quick tries soon after play was resumed.

The visitors won 41-26 in favour of the visitors, but Tigers had the consolation of a four-try bonus point.

Tigers are 11th in the National League Two North with six points.

They will hope to reverse their fortunes in their next match away to winless, bottom-of-the-table Harrogate on Saturday (3pm).