Dan Richmond believes Sheffield Tigers caused their own downfall last weekend as they lost their first home game of 2014, to relegation rivals Otley.
Tigers lock Jamie Harris dived over for the home side’s one and only try, but Otley scored two break away tries before frustrating Tigers and holding on for victory.
The defeat leaves Richmond’s side 11 points behind Hull, who occupy the final safety spot, ahead of the crucial meeting between the two sides on Saturday.
“We were responsible for our downfall... we weren’t accurate enough and the boys let themselves down,” Richmond, Tigers’ director of rugby, told the Telegraph.
“It was unacceptable on a number of accounts, such as accuracy and discipline, and we all need to have a look in the mirror.
“We allowed the game to slip away and it’s important now how the players respond because everybody is hurting from a substandard performance.”
With the registration window closing tomorrow, Richmond is working to close ‘one or two’ further deals after Richard Joel and tight head prop Ben Buxton joined the club a week and a half ago.
Meanwhile, Sheffield RUFC head coach Adam Byron wants five more wins from the club’s last six games after a vital victory over Morpeth.
Ben Shore and Dave Ellis touched down as Sheffield beat fellow relegation battlers Morpeth 15-10, to continue their fine home form.
Sheffield have now won three consecutive games at Abbeydale Park, ahead of the visit of second bottom Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“It was a good win, especially because we were playing someone in a similar situation to ourselves,” Byron said.
“It was important to get the victory, but it is only another game down and we have another chance to close the gap further this weekend against Middlesbrough.
“We are still taking it a game at a time and we are now targeting five wins from the final six games to give us the best possible chance of staying in this division.”
“All the players are pointing in the right direction,” Byron added.
“We all need to play for each other and earn the right to play in the shirt of Sheffield RUFC, and right now, we are doing just that.”
Byron has also confirmed that with the registration window looming, he is happy with the squad at his disposal and will not be looking to add any further players to his ranks ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.