Rugby Union: Confident Tigers skipper targets mid-table safety

Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford is targeting a mid-table push.
Sheffield Tigers captain David Bradford is targeting a mid-table push.

Captain David Bradford believes the Sheffield Tigers will be looking up rather than down the SSE National League Two North table during the remainder of the season.

The Tigers travel to Chester this Saturday no longer in the bottom three and therefore out of the relegation places following their 15-12 win over fourth-placed Sedgley Park last time out.

Their first victory in three games was no fluke however, with the Tigers having pushed league leaders Macclesfield close before Christmas before losing out by just a point.

Buoyed by such performances, skipper Bradford feels there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about avoiding the drop, especially if they can win their home games.

“Confidence is high after the last two games; we lost by a point to league leaders Macclesfield before Christmas and then beating Sedgley, who were third at the time, was another great result,” said Bradford. “We have got an easier run in, in terms of playing certain teams at home. Hopefully we can pick up the points we need and win some bonus points along the way, both home and away, and that can lift us up to mid table. We would certainly rather be there than down at the bottom.”

The last time the two teams met earlier in the season, Chester were the victors, capitalising on a fast start to win 31-21.

But after turning the tables on Sedgley Park to deny them a league double, Bradford insists the Tigers will not be gifting Chester an easy starts this time around.

“They put 30 points on us quite early on, it was frustrating that they burst out of the block and we didn’t cope with that,” he admitted.

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