Luctonians director of rugby Alex Davidson blasts squad after National Two North defeat at Sheffield Tigers (From Hereford Times)
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Luctonians director of rugby Alex Davidson blasts squad after National Two North defeat at Sheffield Tigers
Sheffield Tigers 29 pts Luctonians 5 pts.
DIRECTOR of rugby Alex Davidson admits Luctonians’ sobering defeat at struggling Sheffield Tigers is a wake-up call for the club.
Luctonians ‘did not get off the bus’ and produced an error-strewn display against previously winless Sheffield Tigers who were bottom of National League Two North.
Davidson is still struggling with a shoulder injury and expects changes to be made for this Saturday’s home clash with fourth-placed Sedgley Park.
“After two defeats we had billed the Sheffield game as the match to get us back on track,” said Davidson.
“We did not get off the bus and the pack struggled. “We were poor in the first-half and it is a big wake-up call for us.
“Lads like Adam Knight and a few other boys had good run-outs in the second team and put their hands up.
“There might be a few changes this weekend.”
George Thomas is likely to be missing with a neck injury, but Jack Lydiate is expected to return after an ear problem.
Tigers had lost seven matches before last Saturday’s showdown but profited from Luctonians’ errors to open up a 19-0 interval lead.
Strong running from Bad Talbot and Adam Clayton helped Luctonians enjoy a 10-minute spell at the start of the second period in which Drew Cheshire crossed.
Earlier, Luctonians had defended resolutely in the opening stages against a Tigers side, who started with the wind in their faces.
But poor kicking from the visitors failed to relieve sustained Sheffield pressure and their heads started to drop.
On one occasion, Luctonians were awarded a penalty just outside the Sheffield 22 but they lost possession after a quickly-taken tap.
Pete Swatkins, Tom Coates and Michael Bradford all crossed the whitewash in the first-half and Will Carrington kicked two conversions.
Carrington booted a second-half penalty and Swatkins grabbed his second try, which was converted, to seal Sheffield’s first win of the season.
l In Midlands Four West (North), Bromyard also suffered a defeat when they were beaten 33-0 at leaders Clee Hill.
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