Sheffield RUFC go top of the table with high-scoring home victory

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Sheffield RUFC went to the top of National League Three Midlands Division with an impressive 56-28 home victory over fellow promotion seekers, Nuneaton.

It remains tight at the top with Sheffield only three points ahead of fourth-placed Nuneaton.

Jason Soden, Director of Rugby at Sheffield RUFC said: “The game went fantastically well. It was a great game of rugby whether you were a Sheffield or a Nuneaton fan.

“It was an excellent game for any neutrals; within the first 15 minutes both teams had scored twice the game looked like it was going to be a cricket score.

“We played exactly how we know we could play. We followed on from last week, everything went right and it was a great performance by everybody.

“At the top of the league is exactly where we want to be. We are hoping some of the chasers, like Derby, may slip up but we had actually targeted Nuneaton to be one of the toughest teams in this division.

“They were well drilled and a difficult side to play against but we just seemed to click. We’ve managed to do that in phases previously but we seemed to achieve that for almost 80 minutes on Saturday.

“The potential has been there for the past five games and to see the lads deliver it was really positive. We are thrilled with the performance, thrilled to be top of the league and we believe that is where we deserve to be.”

Sheffield’s next match is away to National League Three North leaders Huddersfield in the Yorkshire Cup on Saturday (3pm) with the bhosts expected to provide the Abbeydale side with a tough test.

Soden said: “It will be interesting to see how both teams approach thegame.

Our second team have an important fixture on Saturday so our resources are already going to be stretched. If we can rest some players we probably would do but that may not be the case.

n Sheffield Tigers suffered their second successive home defeat, as they were beaten 47-27 by National League Two North leaders Selby.

Tigers have had a tough start to the season, having played four of the top six teams in their six games so far, but have deserved more than their two wins. The Dore Moor side has shown a lot of potential and will be looking to build that when they travel to Wharfedale on Saturday.