Sheffield suffer a knock-out blow but Wade’s young guns offer silver lining

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Sheffield RUFC’s director of rugby, Ben Wade, says he was proud of the performance that the club’s fringe players put in after narrowly slipping out of the Yorkshire Cup at the hands of Cleckheaton.

Wade made a number of changes to his line-up ahead of their trip to the North 1 East runaway leaders, and despite a much improved performance from the disappointing 37-0 defeat to Alnwick, Cleckheaton showed their title chasing credentials as Sheffield lost 22-11.

Matt Adcock, who was promoted from the Senior Colts squad, dived over for a debut try, and despite the defeat, Wade insists those who played have ‘proven a point’ ahead of a crucial run to the end of the season.

“It was a cup weekend and the guys really stepped up,” Wade said. “We played a very composed game plan, we were patient and defended probably the best that we have done all season. The scoreline didn’t reflect the course of the game and those that played have proved a point.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield Tigers saw their crucial National 2 North clash with Otley fall foul to the wet weather.

The rescheduled clash will be played out on February 22 and Dan Richmond’s side have now turned their attention to this weekend’s game away at midtable Luctonians.