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Sheffield Tigers boss Dan Richmond was frustrated after his side created an avalanche of scoring opportunities at Sedgley Park yet finished empty-handed.

Park ran in four tries to put the game beyond doubt after an hour, winning 29-17.

Peter Swatkins had touched down for Sheffield Tigers in the first half, while the visitors scored twice in the last 10 minutes – a penalty try and Felix Pearson effort. “We’re disappointed because we created some good chances” said Richmond.

“It was just the final passing. The frustration is they’re creating opportunities and they’re just not finishing at the moment. We are striving to improve; they want more from one another. Although we experienced defeat again, we’re moving in the right direction. We were pleased with the energy in the last quarter of the game. Towards the end we were coming back into it. The challenges are that we have to start with that energy as well as the accuracy required and that allows us to put more pressure on teams.”

Richmond added: “The boys are hurting, we’re all disappointed but it’s different rugby to what they’re used to. It’s about moving forward, and everyone has to be patient. The boys are working really hard to put together a solid performance.”

“Although the results haven’t gone our way we’ve had three good games against three very good oppositions.

“It’s been a great measure for us as a squad to find out where we’re at. We are asking questions of these top teams, the likes of Sedgley who will be at the top by the end of the season.

“For us it’s about taking the positive from those and how we can put pressure on the opposition.

“Although there’s frustration at losing the game there’s lots of positives that come out of the game, work hard as a group and put our best into our training.”

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