Rugby Union: Double woe for Sheffield

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Rugby Union’s winter of discontent continued with both Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield RUFC among clubs whose scheduled league matches were postponed because of frozen pitches.

Tigers’ National Three Midlands match at Old Northamptonians was called off, and Sheffield’s Yorkshire One clash against leaders Malton and Norton at Abbeydale Park was another victim.

Dinnington’s home match against Heath was also off but, in Yorkshire Two, Barnsley escaped the conditions and ran out 38-0 winners over bottom club Old Rishworthians.

The Shaw Lane side had a try bonus point in the bag before the break.

Flanker Joe South was first to touch down, and after stand-off Andrew Appleyard kicked the conversion, he also added the extras following Andrew Buckingham’s try.

Flanker Tom Naseby scored on 35 minutes, and winger Darryl Cheetham added the fourth try which Appleyard improved for a 26-0 lead at the break.

Right winger Andrew Smith added his name to the scoresheet on 75 minutes, and hooker Rob Jeffrey’s last minute try was converted by Appleyard.

Yorkshire Three leaders Wath on Dearne ran in eight tries as they stretched their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 48-19 win over Old Modernians at Leeds.

Rotherham Phoenix were edged out 17-13 in their Yorkshire Three match at home to Aireborough whilst Sheffield Medicals maintained their lead in Yorkshire Four with a 20-14 away win against their fellow Medics from Leeds.