Director of rugby Dan Richmond wants a Sheffield Tigers reaction, against Hull this weekend, after admitting to a lacklustre showing in defeat to Darlington Mowden Park.
Park racked up nine tries last Saturday as they handed a 51-3 loss to Richmond’s troops. With nearly a third of the season gone it is not a case of panic stations yet, but Tigers sit six points adrift from safety in SSE National League Two North.
Richmond has made it known his side’s standards are not good enough but insists his players are champing at the bit to set the record straight against Hull. “We are at home and the players have got to bounce back,” he said. “I demand a performance, David Bradford, Jon Buchanan and the senior players demand a performance and that’s what we will be looking to achieve.
“It’s not a case of a fresh start and as I’ve always said I’m here to raise the standards and performance of an individual and the outcome of that will be a better team performance. Certain guys didn’t perform from the standards they have done in previous weeks.
“However, those that came on in the second half again raised the standards from what I expect and we had a better performance.
“It’s about building a new team. It’s a very simple game, it’s played with emotion and you’ve got to be emotionally on the edge.”
Saturday’s clash could prove a vital one for the Tigers, finding themselves just one place and three points behind fellow strugglers Hull.
But Richmond wants to make clear that the club’s rebuilding process is a long one – and is looking for fringe players to step in where first-team regulars have failed.
“We are all aware that if someone is performing well in training and in the seniors they are going to get an opportunity – that’s only a positive moving forward,” he added.
“The club is trying to develop a little bit of strength in depth and that’s helped through people who want to push themselves and strive for a quality performance.
“In the bigger picture that’ll give the club longevity rather than just a quick win here or there.”
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