Five point win boosts Tigers bid for title

Martin Balshaw: Try Hat-trick for Sheffield.  Picture: Frank Womack
Martin Balshaw: Try Hat-trick for Sheffield. Picture: Frank Womack
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SHEFFIELD Tigers are now just eight league points away from the National Three Midlands leaders, with games in hand over all three higher placed clubs, after seeing off Broadstreet with a 39-8 victory at Dore Moor.

The win was worth five points to Tigers, who conceded an early try by Broadstreet centre Ed Mbaraga but then ran in six of their own to clinch a bonus.

The visitors had previously been just one place behind Tigers, and the result overturned a 21-19 defeat for the Sheffield club on their rivals’ ground at the start of the season.

Winger Gareth Morley touched down twice for Tigers, and there were other tries from full-back Jon Feeley, centre Callum McKenzie, substitute No 8 Frank Wragg and stand-off Johnny West. West also landed three conversions and a penalty goal.

There was joy too for Sheffield RUFC, who after their defeat by Heath the previous week bounced back to score a 29-21 win over York in their Yorkshire Division One clash at Abbeydale Park.

York scored the first and last points of the game, but Sheffield did enough in between to earn a bonus point with a hat-trick of tries from flanker Martin Balshaw and a fourth from skipper and No 8 Andy Kelly.

Donal Collins converted three out of four and added a penalty goal early in the second half.

Dinnington ran in seven tries to six in another Yorkshire One match at North Ribblesdale, but their tale of woe continued as they were edged out 46-42 by the Dalesmen.

Poor defence by Dinnington gave the home side an early 22-0 lead, with four of their six tries coming from interceptions, but the visitors rallied with four tries from No 8 Danny Hughes and others from second row pair Will Marshall and John Stimpson and winger John Somerville.

Danny Wilkinson converted two and added a penalty goal, but in the end Dinnington had to settle for two bonus points – one for four tries or more and the other for losing by seven points or less.

Barnsley beat South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Phoenix 33-17 at Castle Park.

Patrick Jensen kicked four penalties and converted tries by Dave Read, Aaron Grant and Ed Norris.

Wath on Dearne brushed aside bottom placed Old Otliensians 86-3 at Moor Road to continue their runaway domination of Yorkshire Three.

Wath ran in no fewer than 14 tries, and it took their total to over 1,000 points from 20 straight wins.

Winger Brett Small scored four of Wath’s tries, with two each coming from No 8 Matthew Burrows, flanker Joe Earp and centres Steve Mason and Andrew Hopkin. Ashley Rothery converted eight.

Also in Yorkshire Three, Rotherham Phoenix staged a good comeback in their home match against higher placed Goole, turning round 20-7 down but scraping a 25-23 win as both sides scored three tries.

Centre Owen Swift scored Rotherham’s first-half try, Tom Jenkinson converting, and Swift touched down again in the second period when winger John Bunclarke also scored. Jenkinson converted one and slotted over two penalty goals – after hitting the post with two other attempts – to clinch the game with seven minutes remaining.

Stocksbridge leapfrogged Yorkshire Five rivals Rawmarsh with a 35-5 victory in their Yorkshire Five match at Bolsterstone.

Stocksbridge picked up a bonus point when centre Ben Senior and No 8 Mel Waller ran in two tries each.