Sheffield Tigers chief Dan Richmond wants his players to “deliver on the opportunities being created” when they face Leicester Lions.
The Tigers travel to Leicester aiming to bounce back from their fourth straight National Two North defeat last weekend, a 31-21 defeat to Chester, which leaves them rooted to the foot of the table.
Whilst their first four games have all been against sides that have made great starts to the new season, this week’s game has been pinpointed as a realistic chance to record their first victory of the season.
Leicester Lions currently lie ninth in the division after two wins and two defeats – with both of their wins coming on home soil – and Richmond says he is expecting a response from his players on Saturday.
“Last week was a fantastic opportunity for some of the players from our Stingers XV and there’s some real competition for positions and the squad know it,” Richmond told the Telegraph.
“Once again the lads showed improvement, with periods of sustained commitment, which converted opportunities in points.”
Richmond added: “There was a lot of honesty from the players following that game.
“The boys know what we expect from them this week, and we expect them to give us a response.
“The onus is on the players to now go and take those chances that we are creating.
“The players are working so hard and you can see the togetherness shining through.”
Sheffield RUFC’s game this weekend also represents a ‘must win game’ for Ben Wade this weekend.
Sheffield’s director of rugby and his team will travel to Northern this weekend, for an early season bottom of the table clash.
New signing Jared Parkinson made his debut as Sheffield narrowly fell to an 18-7 defeat to current leaders, Cleckheaton, last weekend.
Wade said: “Jared really stepped up to the mark and had a really good vocal and mature presence on the game.
“I think he enjoyed the game as well, and I think his qualities brought some of the other lads back up to their usual standard.”
The defeat was also Sheffield’s fourth straight defeat of the new season - and Wade hopes his side can arrest that run of results and pick up their first victory of the season at McCracken Park.
Northern have lost three of their opening four games reside third from bottom, but crucially, Sheffield’s opponents are yet to win at home.
“It is a must win game for us; there is no hiding away from that,” Wade said.
“There is a lot of competition for places at the minute and it is just about finding that consistency.
“We now have to put in that same performance that we did last weekend against Cleckheaton when we face Northern.
“But there is no doubt that this is a must win game for us this weekend.”