Eight try romp for Tigers but Sheffield lose by a point

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SHEFFIELD Tigers ran in eight tries as they walloped Yorkshire rivals Hull Ionians 48-18 and moved up to ninth in the National 2 (North) table.

Tigers were 21-6 ahead at half time following tries from Alex Graham, Tom Outram and James Broadley, while stand-off Jonny West slotted over all three conversions. Second half tries followed for Sam Cook and Callum McKenzie as Tigers went 31-11 ahead, and West converted his own 65th minute try to make it 38-11. Tigers made sure of the win with Broadley scoring a second try while John Buchanan claimed the final score.

Sheffield went down by the narrowest of margins at Old Brodleians in North One East, the home side holding on for a 20-19 victory. Sheffield missed an injury time drop goal. Brodleians led 10-5 at the break with Sheffield’s try coming on 21 minutes from Carl Mortimer.

The hosts built a 17-5 lead, but Sheffield hit back with Joe Cribley scoring on 67 and 75 minutes, Donal Collins kicking both conversions to take a 17-19 lead. In the third minute of injury time Brodleians kicked a penalty, but Collins’ late drop goal attempt was wide by a whisker.

Dinnington slipped close to bottom place in Yorkshire Division One when Huddersfield YMCA notched up a 27-3 victory at Lodge Lane. Dinnington’s game was peppered with errors as Huddersfield ran in three tries without reply. After turning round 10-0 down, Dinnington pulled back a penalty goal by stand-off Chris Williams, but that was to prove their only score.

Wath on Dearne ran in the only five tries of the match but had to fight from behind for their 34-21 home win over West Leeds in Yorkshire Two. The visitors’ point came from six penalties and a drop goal from the halfway line by Dale Breakwell. Anthony Barratt converted a first-half try by Brendan Angel and added a penalty goal as Wath turned round 15-10 down, but they took control with further tries by Matt Burrows (two), Adam West and Gareth Webb.

Barnsley had to settle for a 17-17 draw at Bradford Salem. Stand-off Patrick Jensen kicked four penalties, while full-back Andrew Appleyard touched down for the visitors.

Rotherham Phoenix moved up to second place in Yorkshire Three with a 29-20 home victory over Aireborough.

Sheffield Medicals moved up to third when they also came from behind for a 13-7 win at Burley.

Burley went ahead with an interception try early in the game, and Medicals were 7-5 down after an try from full-back Robert Conville. But Charles Crawshaw put the Medics in the driving seat before Ed Farmer added a late penalty goal.