Rugby Union: ‘Refreshed’ Tigers look to stun leaders

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Sheffield Tigers will have gone three weeks without a competitive game when they host league-leaders Darlington Mowden Park this Saturday but head coach Dan Richmond insists his side will be ready for the challenge ahead.

Heavy rain has caused the postponement of several games across the country in recent weeks, with the Tigers suffering, having had their two previous SSE National League Two North fixtures postponed.

Keen not to see his players fall off the pace, Richmond has ensured the squad have kept up their fitness with several sessions in the gym, an effort that he believes has worked in their favour, leaving them fully refreshed.

They will no doubt need to be at the top of the game on Saturday when Park, who have 20 wins out of 22, come to town.

But with a 100 per cent record at Dore Moor since the turn of the year, Richmond insists his side hold no fear.

“I’ve no doubt the boys have benefited from this disruption and will be ready to go,” said Richmond.

“We have prepared well,in a way the postponements haves given a chance to get everyone refreshed.

“We have been replicating competitive situations in training so I don’t think we will be off the pace.

“It does not faze us coming up against the league leaders, the boys have performed really well against the teams at the top of the league and I am sure Darlington are not particularly looking forward to coming to us.

“We have looked at areas that we will look to exploit, we will see how we fare, but there is no pressure on us.

“We are unbeaten at home this year and we want to build on that. That’s the challenge for the boys going forward, we want to protect that unbeaten record.”

With other teams managing to beat the weather and get their games played, results elsewhere have left the Tigers third from bottom, 11 points from safety albeit with games in hand.