Cook’s crucial score is perfect recipe for away day win

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SHEFFIELD Tigers boosted their National Division Two (North) campaign when they ground out a hard-fought 10-12 victory at Kendal on Saturday.

Previously fourth bottom of the table, Tigers moved up two places after the victory over their Cumbrian rivals, which proved to be a real eight pointer.

The match was played in a mud bath following heavy rain, and with high winds neither side could afford to play open expansive rugby, preferring to let their forwards do the work.

Nevertheless, it was full-back Pete Swatkins who popped up with their first try, the former Rotherham player racing in after just four minutes and another ex-Titan Jonny West adding the conversion.

Kendal narrowed the gap shortly after with Mark Ireland slotting over a sixth minute penalty, but that was to prove the only scores of the first half with Tigers leading 3-7 at the break.

And Tigers scored again early after the break, Sam Cook touching down on 44 minutes to extend their lead.

The home side pulled back a try on 69 minutes through prop Dries Vetner which Ireland converted, but Tigers’ defence held firm otherwise and ensured the South Yorkshire side took a deserved win.

Barnsley reached the third round of the Yorkshire Shield when they beat hosts Castleford 16-5 in their second round clash on Saturday.

They led 10-0 at half time, stand-off Patrick Jensen kicking an early penalty and then converting a 25th minute try by No 8 David Reed.

He slotted over a second penalty on 47 minutes to put Barnsley 13-0 ahead, and although Castleford pulled back a try on 75 minutes through replacement winger Brad Christian.

The final word went to Barnsley with Jensen adding his third penalty two minutes later.

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