Dan Richmond, Sheffield Tigers’ Director of Rugby, has called for full concentration from his players when they travel to face Sedgley Tigers at the weekend.
Richmond’s side fell to a second successive defeat at home to Macclesfield, who were relegated from National One last season, at the weekend as Geoff Wappett’s side showed their promotion credentials - and kept up their 100 per cent record this season - with a 39-5 victory.
This weekend’s task does not get much easier as Tigers face a Sedgley side who, like Macclesfield, were relegated from the National One division last season.
Sedgley started with a comprehensive 36-0 victory at home to Cadley before narrowly losing 29-24 to Preston Grasshoppers.
Tigers have only scored eight points in their two games so far, but Richmond believes the team’s application in training is beginning to bear fruit on the pitch.
“After reviewing the performance from last week’s Macclesfield game, it was exciting to see the application the boys are putting in during the week is beginning to be demonstrated on the pitch,” Richmond told the Telegraph.
“There was a lot of positives and this week the focus is on ourselves.
“We’ve had a fantastic week’s training concentrating on what we do well.
“Sedgley are another team recently relegated from National One, and we’ve already experienced the physicality and pace these teams play at.
“It’s an area we want to develop; to play at a pace which oppositions can’t cope with.
“The boys are excited to again be taking on a recent National One side, but it’s important they concentrate on what’s being asked of them, so they give themselves the best chance to deliver.”
Sheffield RUFC are not fairing much better, either, after losing their second successive game away at Driffield.
Despite scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes through flanker Tom Womack and centre Gareth Morley, Sheffield lost 38-15.
Newly promoted Driffield took advantage in the second half after Sheffield suffered injuries to key players, including James Twomey and captain Simon Tillyer.
Sheffield are yet to play at Abbeydale Park this season and will be on their travels again this weekend at Old Crossleyans.
“Old Crossleyans are going to be a difficult side to play against,” Ben Wade, Sheffield’s Director of Rugby said.
“We are going to have to lift our game again because we have not performed as we did in pre-season.
“We have only taken one point in our opening two games and we can’t make any excuses for it. We have a few players back fit and others who are coming back into the squad so we will take a strong squad to their place.
“It is going to be another tough ask and they clearly play better on their own patch compared to away, but we are improving all the time.
“We made a lot of changes over the summer and we will pick up the result eventually.
“We are going to stick with this bunch, because they have shown what they can do and we want consistency.
“The second team are still playing very well and, over the course of the season, they will get their chances.”