Sheffield edge closer to safety

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Adam Byron believes this weekend will be the biggest game of his players’ careers, after last Saturday’s win over Rochdale lifted Sheffield RUFC out of the relegation zone.

Sheffield, who were 16-5 down, recovered to run riot in the second half, to record a 43-23 victory over Rochdale with James Twomey (2), Joe Cribley (2), captain Simon Tillyer, Jimmy Pearson and Gareth Morley touching down in an impressive seven-try haul.

Middlesbrough’s 19-19 draw with Cleckheaton, saw Sheffield claw themselves out of the North 1 East relegation zone.

This weekend, they play their final game of the season against Pocklington - which is their 3000th in the league - at Abbeydale Park.

“We played some superb rugby and you could really see the confidence and belief in the players,” head coach Byron told the Telegraph.

“Saturday’s game has really kept the boys going and it is going to be a huge occasion. It possibly will be the biggest game of their careers and we go into it with our fate in our own hands.”

Games are running out for Sheffield Tigers, though, who could be relegated from National 2 North this weekend.

Tigers were on the end of a heavy 48-0 defeat to Birmingham & Solihull, leaving Ben Buxton’s side 11 points from safety with only three games remaining.

Defeat this weekend against Caldy would relegate them, and Buxton said: “We really need to get the points this weekend.”