Tigers blow big lead but Sheffield overcome their rivals

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AFTER opening up a 21-3 lead, Sheffield Tigers sank to a 46-28 defeat in their National 2 North clash at Otley.

After conceding a penalty in the first minute, the Dore club took control with an try by flanker Callum MacKenzie and two by winger Jamie Broadley, all three converted by Jonny West. But Otley edged into a 22-21 lead.

Two more tries, one converted, put Otley 34-21 in front, although Tigers still had hopes of salvaging a losing bonus point when Broadley raced in for his third try and West’s conversion narrowed the gap to six points. But it was all in vain.

Sheffield beat Halifax side, Old Crossleyans, 28-15 in their North 1 East clash at Abbeydale. They took the lead with a try by Andrew Kelly and centre Joe Cribley put the hosts further ahead with a try he converted himself.

But Sheffield took their foot off the gas and let the visitors in for a converted try to leave just two points between them. Cribley kicked the first of two penalty goals, but Crossleyans levelled at 15-15 before the city side regained the upper hand with skipper Kelly’s second try and, right at the death, a bonus winning fourth try from replacement second row Tom White.

Dinnington are finding life tough in Yorkshire 1 and forced to travel to Scarborough with seven players missing crashed to a 44-5 defeat. Scarborough went 27-0 ahead before Dinnington replied just before half time with their lone try by Lee Clark.

Barnsley lost out 16-39 against Yorkshire 2 rivals Leodiensian. Barnsley led 9-8 at half time with stand-off Patrick Jensen kicking three penalties, but their visitors ran in six tries.

From leading 9-8 Barnsley fell behind to 9-39, rendering centre Arron Gaunt’s try, which Jensen converted, a mere consolation.

Wath on Dearne slipped from fourth to sixth place in Yorkshire 2 when they were handed a 25-6 defeat on their visit to lower placed Hullensians. It was an appalling display by Wath, the visitors were restricted to two second-half penalty goals by winger Ben Keen.

Rotherham Phoenix snatched an 18-12 victory with the only two tries of the match at Baildon. Phoenix turned round 8-6 ahead after a try by winger John Bunclarke and a penalty by Tom Jenkinson. Jenkinson added a second penalty, but Phoenix were 12-11 down until scrum-half Nathan Bird ran in their second try, Jenkinson converting.