Tim Sheens gives university team boost
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby Tim Sheens gave Salford University Rugby Club a boost on Monday night as he visited the team ahead of their upcoming cup final.
Sheens was there to offer the team encouragement and advice ahead of an important few weeks for the side, and was pleased to see the sport of rugby league thriving in the area, he said;
"Well, we're Salford Red Devils aren't we, We're interested in rugby league in the area, so I'm happy to be here, and I'm keen to get involved and help out."
The University side have had a hugely successful season so far, with four trophies up for grabs from their final four games of the season, and former World Cup Winner Sheens was on hand to give the team some advice on cup final rugby. saying;
"The main thing is to do the little things, you make your own luck, you play each set out, you need a good a kicking game. The little things that win you big games are field position and discipline."
Sheens delivered a team talk to the squad, and then watched them train, and was able to see similarities between the university side and their professional counterparts, he said;
"It doesn't matter what level, you can't beat basic skills and that means passing the ball, running good lines, being able to kick and chase and make a tackle, even at an amateur level its about doing the same thing."
Having a former NRL and World Cup winner present at training was fantastic opportunity for the young to side to benefit from his experience, and University head coach Marc Williams feels that it will provide a huge boost for his side, saying;
"It's a great positive influence on the lads, he provided a lot of his knowledge and reinforced a lot of what we were working on, Tim has obviously been around the game a lot longer than we have and his knowledge and influence was very well received by the lads and we really appreciate the effort for Tim to come down."
Following Wednesdays cup final against Northumbria, Salford University will then attempt to clinch the league title the following week, with a Varsity clash with Chester University on the horizon. Their season will then conclude at the AJ Bell Stadium on the 20th April as they take on Manchester University in the annual "Two Cities Challenge" Varsity fixture.
As the University side continue in their preparations for an exciting end to the season, Sheens left them with one final piece of advice;
"Work hard enough, and luck doesn't come into the question"