Tigers face local opposition again

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Sheffield Tigers face a second Yorkshire derby in as many weekends on Saturday, after a bonus point win over Huddersfield last time out.

Huddersfield led 17-7 at half time, but Tigers hit back to win 28-20.

“We started slow, against a very determined home side,” Tigers coach Ben Wade said.

“At half time we regrouped, and put a strong performance in to come away with the bonus point win.”

After two games on the road, Tigers return to Dore Moor on Saturday to face Otley.

Otley sit two places above Tigers in the National Two North League, and their meeting last November was a bruising affair which saw Otley conquer by just six points.

“Yorkshire derbies are always hard games,” Wade said.

“Last time at Otley we picked up several injuries in the first twenty minutes, so we know what we need to do this time.”

The Tigers squad is back to full strength, and includes returning winger Liam Wallace.

Gregor Hayworth, who put a strong performance against Huddersfield, is unavailable due to work commitments.

“The next two weeks, with games against Otley and then Stourbridge, is a big ask for commitment from the players,” Wade added.

“I believe they will do the Tigers club proud.”

Sheffield RUFC, meanwhile, who haven’t played since their 8-7 defeat to Morpeth on March 9, return to action with a home game against Pocklington at Abbeydale. Pocklington have won their last five games.