15/16 Season

2015-16 was a season with its fair share of ups and downs; the previous year’s squad was bolstered with plenty of rookies who made vast contributions on the field throughout the season from the opening game, along with the addition of new coaches who had an instant impact.
The season started at home to the UCLan Rams, a team the Sabres defeated two years ago, the offence started slowly but took a five point lead with three minutes left, only for UCLan to reclaim the lead and win by three points. The following week was a one sided victory against Huddersfield Hawks, a four-score halftime lead gave the Sabres a chance to rest many of their starters and give the rookies some snaps.
A trip to Leeds to face Beckett Carnegie provided a tense shootout between the two teams, on a chilly early evening which finished under lights the game changed from shootout to war of attrition, as many of the Sabres team left the field with injuries. The game finished 28-28 and Leeds Beckett won in overtime. A convincing three score home victory over Hull Sharks took the Sabres to 2-2 going into the Christmas break, the away fixture against UCLan had been postponed due to flooding in Lancashire, and with a tight schedule this would become a problem for the Sabres, as the game had to be played during the January exam period.
A depleted Sabres squad made the trip to Lancashire in mid-January, after a strong starting drive the offence stalled and were beaten 31-0, the only time the Sabres were beaten by more than one score all season including playoffs. The following week and still missing several players due to exams, the Sabres travelled to Hull to face the Sharks, a muddy pitch did not suit the Sabre’s pass heavy attack. After leading for most of the game Hull scored a safety and a touchdown to win by three points.
The Sabres learned of the loss of oldboy Rob Worboys the weekend of the Hull game, and dedicated the first play of their next game against Leeds Beckett Carnegie to the slot receiver. Taking a delay of game penalty on the missing man play. Fittingly the man who vacated the field on the missing man play scored the touchdown to end that drive. The Sabres took a balanced passing and rushing approach on offence and won the game 28-12. A big road win against Huddersfield gave the Sabres a 4-4 record to end the season, and when other results went their way they faced an away playoff game against the Glasgow Tigers.
The playoff game was a close match, the defence held Glasgow at bay for much of the match, holding them to only six points. The offence had a few long drives, but couldn’t convert when in the red zone, the game finished with a turnover on downs as the Sabres tried to score late on, Glasgow won 6-0.
Team Leaders:
Passing Touchdowns: Jacob Hardy (20)
Receiving Touchdowns: Rowan Huggins (8)
Special Teams Touchdowns: Ola Fashoro (2 Kick Returns)
Interceptions: Nick Carver (4)

Club Awards:
Team MVP: Jacob Hardy
Offensive MVP: Dan Rosson
Defensive MVP: Charlie Taylor
Special Teams MVP: Ola Fashoro
Rookie of the Year: James Wood
Lineman of the Year: Dominic Le Blanc
Players’ Player: Jacob Hardy
Man of Steel: Usama Mujtaba

2015/16 Sheffield Sabres

2015/16 Sheffield Sabres

2015/16 Sheffield Sabres

2015/16 Sheffield Sabres

Regular Season Standings
Pos Team Pld Won Lost Tied For Against PCT.
1 UCLan Rams 8 8 0 0 302 116 1
2 Leeds Beckett 8 5 3 0 168 127 .625
3 Sheffield Sabres 8 4 4 0 204 153 0.5
4 Hull Sharks 8 3 5 0 172 137 0.375
5 Huddersfield Hawks 8 0 8 0 48 361 0
Regular Season Results
Home Team Score Away Team
Sheffield Sabres 26-29 UCLan Rams
Sheffield Sabres 40-12 Huddersfield Hawks
Leeds Beckett 35-28 Sheffield Sabres
UCLan P-P Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 30-13 Hull Sharks
UCLan Rams 31-0 Sheffield Sabres
Hull Sharks 9-6 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 28-12 Leeds Beckett
Huddersfield Hawks 12-46 Sheffield Sabres
Playoffs
Home Team Score Away Team
Glasgow Tigers 6-0 Sheffield Sabres
Varsity
Home Team Score Away Team
Sheffield Sabres  10-13 Sheffield Hallam
Old Boys
Home Team Score Away Team
Sheffield OldBoys  31-10 Sheffield Sabres