Promotion party as wind-swept Tigers blow away rivals in play-off thriller

Collision course: Tigers scrum half Alex Drage prepares to feed the ball into the scrum against Chester at Dore Moor.     Picture: Peter Goldstraw
Collision course: Tigers scrum half Alex Drage prepares to feed the ball into the scrum against Chester at Dore Moor. Picture: Peter Goldstraw
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SHEFFIELD Tigers secured promotion to National Division Two (North) when they scraped a nail-biting 16-14 victory over Chester in the Division Three play-off at Dore Moor on Saturday.

The windswept venue played its part in the victory, when Chester failed to convert a late try which would’ve sent the match into extra time.

But overall Tigers had edged the play, controlling the game well and showing the form which has seen them win 21 of their 26 league games.

A try by Jon Feely on 52 minutes and a second from flanker Callum Mackenzie on 64 minutes, after a good spell of forwards pressure, put the hosts 16-9 ahead.

However, Chester stand-off Bryn Snelgrove touched down on 78 minutes to make it 16-14, but the visitors missed the conversion.

See Thursday’s Grass Roots in The Star for full report.