Tigers face test against the best

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A test of the best looms large for Sheffield Tigers.

Compared to what’s in store, the Dore Moor side face a relatively comfortable home clash against Stockport on Saturday.

The visitors are one place above Tigers in National 2 North and the teams are separated by three points.

This is followed by matches against the top two - they host leaders Loughborough Students on the following Saturday and then travel to second-placed Caldy on March 31.

It will be a tough ask for Andy Barnes’ side but they will doubtless relish the challenge, as they did against third-placed Huddersfield when they were edged out 22-20.

Tigers had fallen behind to two early penalties but then shocked their Yorkshire neighbours with a try from centre Jon Buchanan which was converted by Jonny West.

The two sides then traded penalties but a fourth for the home side gave them a two point advantage at the break.

Tigers regained the lead with a converted try from James Broadley and West added another penalty. However, Huddersfield bagged a converted try of their own to close the gap to one point and then claimed victory with a penalty five minutes from time.