Sheffield duo make hard work of victories

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Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield RUFC held sway in their respective leagues despite far from convincing wins.

Tigers were given a close call in their National Three North clash at bottom placed Beverley, where they scraped to a 22-19.

Centre Pete Swatkins scored two of Tigers’ tries, with captain and No 8 Nick Pearson bagging the other. Tom Outram kicked two conversions and added a penalty.

Tigers are still level on league points with third placed Waterloo.

Sheffield extended their lead in North One East but were held to a modest 20-13 winning margin by bottom-placed Horden at Abbeydale Park.

It was top against bottom but it was a poor performance from Sheffield.

Horden took an early lead before Sheffield got back into the game through a try scored by Jonny France. Ben Parker scored Sheffield’s second soon after and Jimmy Pearson’s try on 59 minutes sealed the win.

Dinnington slipped to fourth place when they were edged out 14-12 at Newcastle rivals Northern.

Dinnington turned round 7-3 ahead and were leading 12-11 when Northern were awarded a penalty with less than three minutes left. Second row Jalan Farras scored all the visitors’ points with two tries and a conversion.

Wath on Dearne crashed 32-8 at Heath (Halifax). Wath’s points came from a Brad Taylor try and a Sam Jones penalty.

Barnsley secured a 20-12 victory over Old Rishworthians in Yorkshire Two, and made it a five-point win with four tries, which came from Will Smith, Patrick Jensen, Greg Colbridge and Jack Isles. But Sheffield Medicals, in the same division, lost 27-5 at Goole.

Mosborough were beaten 31-17 by Wensleydale in Yorkshire Four. Lee Bishop scored a brace and Luke Gayton also crashed over .

Sheffield Oaks went down 17-0 at Halifax Vandals. Scheduled matches at Stocksbridge and Hallamshire were postponed.