Five try Sheffield Tigers get back to winning ways as Sheffield RUFC make it a city double

Sheffield Tigers  force the ball over the line for another try against Cleckheaton. Picture: Ian Anderson. See more pictures in Grass Roots in Friday's Star.
Sheffield Tigers force the ball over the line for another try against Cleckheaton. Picture: Ian Anderson. See more pictures in Grass Roots in Friday's Star.
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Despite the murky conditions at Dore Moor, Sheffield Tigers still have a clear vision of their target for the season after picking up another try bonus on their way to a 38-10 victory over ambitious Cleckheaton in National Three North.

Despite the murky conditions at Dore Moor, Sheffield Tigers still have a clear vision of their target for the season after picking up another try bonus on their way to a 38-10 victory over ambitious Cleckheaton in National Three North.

Tigers were relegated from National Two North while Cleckheaton were last season’s North One East champions, and the city side saw off their junior rivals in style with a five-try performance.

They went ahead with a try by winger Dan Kelly, and full-back Peter Swatkins also scored before Cleckheaton pulled one back.

Outram converted both tries, and another from Stefan Destounis put the home side 19-10 ahead by half time.

Prop Will Bennett crashed over within a minute of the restart, and winger Henri Packard scored the bonus-winning fourth try. Then, in the dying seconds, Tigers broke from their own line and Liam Wallace made good ground before putting Packard away for his second, Outram adding the points.

* The Grass Roots rugby column in Friday’s Star will feature a picture special on Tigers v Cleckheaton.

* Sheffield maintained their lead in North One East when they too collected a try bonus in a 24-14 win over Northern at Gosforth.

A try by centre Joe McHale, converted by Ben Parker, saw the Abbeydale Park side level the score just before half-time, and they went ahead with tries by flanker Tom Womack, full-back Andy Hodgson and centre Gareth Morley.

After slipping 24-7 behind, Northern fought back when former Sheffield player Donal Collins came off the bench to score their second try which he converted himself, but Collins was wide with a penalty shot which could have clinched a losing bonus.

Early leaders Dinnington moved back up from seventh to fifth place with a 25-21 home win over Ilkley.

Dinnington went ahead with two early penalty goals from fly-half Jonny West and, after Ilkley had scored the first try of the match to go 7-6 in front, West crashed over for his own try which he converted to give the home side a 13-7 interval lead.

Again Ilkley fought back, but a try by Dinnington No 8 Will Marshall put them back in the driving seat at 18-14.

Then, after Ilkley had edged in front yet again at 21-18, West saved the day with his second touchdown, the conversion taking his personal tally to 20 points.

Wath-on-Dearne were well beaten at home by second placed Malton and Norton, who ran in five tries in a 38-13 victory.

No 8 Matt Burrows was credited with Wath’s only touchdown from a maul after 55 minutes, Anthony Barratt converting as well as landing a penalty goal.

Barnsley kept on the pace in Yorkshire Two with a six-try, 35-7 home win over Goole.

Sheffield Medicals scored only one try to their rivals’ two but scraped an 11-10 home win over Knottingley in another Yorkshire Two match.

Stocksbridge scored a valuable second win of the season, a 30-3 defeat of fellow strugglers Hemsworth. Mosborough beat Ossett 25-16.