SHEFFIELD Tigers suffered a narrow 14-18 defeat at home against Huddersfield after a battling display from the Dore Moor outfit on Saturday.
Tigers led for long periods, but struggled to break Huddersfield’s control of the ball which proved key to their win.
“We played some good rugby, but they had more control up front,” said Tigers official Nigel Dakin. “They controlled the ball very well and were stronger in the scrum than we were.
“Once we got the ball we were stronger, but they held it well and there wasn’t a lot we could do about it.”
Huddersfield took an 0-8 lead after 15 minutes with a try and penalty, but Tigers hit back to lead 14-8 at half time.
First No 8 Nick Pearson touched down in the 19th minute after the ball had been moved across the field and he was on hand to make the overlap and stroll in for the score, and stand-off Jonny West added the conversion.
Then former Rotherham Titans ace Pete Swatkins touched down, the full-back scoring after a lineout win near halfway was moved well down the line, West converting.
But after the break Tigers struggled to gain any significant possession and Huddersfield added a try, conversion and penalty in the final 12 minutes to deny Tigers the win.
* Sheffield suffered their second consecutive away defeat but again salvaged a losing bonus point as they went down 26-19 in their North One East match against Percy Park at North Shields.
Both sides scored three tries, but it took 31 minutes for Sheffield centre Joe Cribley to race over for the first of the match, which he converted himself.
Almost immediately the home side struck back with a converted try, and another touchdown right on half time gave them a 12-7 interval lead.
Sheffield equalised soon after the restart when winger James Montgomery touched down, but the score then went 26-12 in Percy Park’s favour before Sheffield staged a last-gasp rally.
Prop forward Tommy Marples crashed over for a try on 79 minutes, and Donal Collins’ conversion brought the gap down to seven points for the bonus which kept Sheffield ahead of mid-table rivals Durham City.
* In their bottom of the table clash in Yorkshire One, Dinnington edged slightly clear with an 11-6 home win over tailenders North Ribblesdale.
The visitors went ahead with two early penalty goals before Dinnington’s No 8 Will Marshall ran in the only try of the match.
Dinnington dominated the second half but were unable to break through a solid defence and had to rely on the boot of full-back Chris Harrison, who put them in front with a penalty and then sealed their win with a 35-yard drop goal five minutes from the end.
Dinnington now have two clubs below them and are level on league points with the team above them, Huddersfield YMCA, who lost at Keighley.
* Barnsley beat local rivals Doncaster Phoenix 42-18 to boost their Yorkshire Two campaign.
They led 20-13 at the break thanks to tries from prop Tom Naisby, No 8 David Reed and left winger Liam Scorah, while Patrick Jensen kicked a conversion and penalty.
After half time they added another three tries from centre Andrew Appleyard, flanker Jo Smith and another from Reed, while Jensen kicked another two conversions.
* Wath on Dearne made amends for their heavy defeat the previous week when they ran in seven tries to none in their 45-12 home win over Skipton.
The visitors kept in touch early in the game with two penalties and two drop goals, but had no answer as Wath took control with tries by forwards Joe Earp, Simon Lines and Brendan Angel and scrum-half Josh Bird to turn round 27-12 ahead.
Lines went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half, when back row man Arran Tasker also touched down. Goal kicker Ben Keen converted only two tries but added two penalties.
Rotherham Phoenix held their second place in Yorkshire Three with a 21-8 home win over Bramley Phoenix, but Sheffield Medicals secured a bonus in their 30-23 win at Northallerton to move level with Rotherham on league points.
Stand-off Tom Jenkinson put Rotherham ahead with three early penalty goals.
Prop Carl Banks and second row James Mallender scored second-half tries, the latter converted by Jenkinson.
* Sheffield Medicals secured a deserved 23-30 victory at Northallerton in Yorkshire Three on Saturday, taking a maximum five points from the four-try victory.
Winger Peter Goodwin secured two tries, while the others came from centre Ben Gabbott and stand-off Eddie Farmer, who also kicked two conversions and two penalties.