Dan believes Tigers can pull away from bottom

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Sheffield Tigers are languishing near the base of SSE National League Two North – but director of rugby Dan Richmond believes the upcoming fixture list provides cause for optimism.

The Tigers were narrowly denied their second league win of the campaign last time out when they hosted Hull, slipping to an 18-16 defeat courtesy of a last-gasp penalty.

However, Richmond was satisfied with much of the performance and is looking forward to trips to fellow strugglers Bromsgrove, Caldy and Dudley Kingswinford in the near future.

Bromsgrove are first up, tomorrow, and the Tigers director of rugby feels that a couple of positive results could drastically alter their season. But, with four defeats in as many away clashes this season, failure to pick up enough points could leave the Tigers in a perilous situation come the festive period.

“You can’t dismiss any game as not being important,” said Richmond. “The next five now are teams who are within one or two league positions of ourselves. We’ve set a target of points as a group and if we focus on our performance – the score line will go our way. It’s important when you’re playing teams around you that you are taking points. What’s also pleasing is that we’re starting to recruit new players and bolster the squad.”

He added: “They are having a positive impact with the Stingers and they will be integrated shortly,” he added.

“We’re likely to be using 30-plus players over the next five or six weeks and everyone is committed to achieving our league target for those games.”

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