Tigers receive a healthy boost with victory over leaders Sale

Peter Swatkins of Sheffield Tigers RUFC 1st XV leaves the Cleckheaton defence behind as he dives over for a try
Peter Swatkins of Sheffield Tigers RUFC 1st XV leaves the Cleckheaton defence behind as he dives over for a try
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Sheffield Tigers boosted their National Three North campaign with a 20-11 victory over leaders Sale in Cheshire on Saturday.

A strong defensive performance saw Tigers hold off their hosts despite having a man sent off in the first half and losing another for the final ten minutes of the match.

Tigers led 17-8 at half time with winger Henri Packard scoring two tries, while full-back Peter Swatkins also scored a try and centre Tom Outram kicked a conversion.

But with Mike Ward being shown the red card mid-way through the first half, Tigers had an uphill struggle to hold off Sale.

However, some strong defending kept them at bay, and Tigers dug in deep inside their own half, holding up their rivals over the line twice and restricting them to just one penalty in the second half.

Outram added a penalty to make it 11-20, and despite being down to 13 men for the last ten minutes Tigers pushed on, and thought they had scored another try only for it to be ruled out by the referee.

North One East leaders Sheffield beat local rivals Dinnington 15-0 as their promotion challenge continues to gather pace.

Stand-off Jimmy Pearson put the Abbeydale outfit in front after 14 minutes with a penalty, but that was the only score of the first half.

Winger Rupert Broadley finally broke the deadlock with the game’s first try on 69 minutes, Pearson converting before scoring himself on 77 minutes to complete the scoring.

Leaders Doncaster Phoenix cruised past Wath on Dearne after Dave Hankinson scored a hat-trick and kicked seven conversions in their Yorkshire One clash.

George Wood and Craig Deakin scored first half tries, before the Phoenix moved through the gears in the second half with scores from Adam Kettle, Ryan Peacey, Andy Ellis and two from Josh Fowler to add to Hankinson’s hat-trick.

Leading 12-9 at half time, Barnsley slipped to a 20-30 defeat at home against West Leeds in Yorkshire Two.

Centre Will Smith scored twice in the first half and Andrew Appleyard kicked a conversion to put them ahead at the break.

However, West Leeds ran in three second half tries. Appleyard touched down and kicked a penalty, but it wasn’t enough for Barnsley.

Elsewhere, Sheffield Medicals’ Yorkshire Two match at Bradford Salem was abandoned after 31 minutes when the referee was injured. It will be replayed on a date yet to be fixed.

Stocksbridge secured a 38-24 victory over hosts Bramley Phoenix in Yorkshire Three, while Rotherham Phoenix went down 27-20 at Baildon in the same league.

Mosborough managed a comfortable 102-0 win against Knaresborough in Yorkshire Four. Three tries from second row Lee Bishop and another 30 points from full-back Dale Adey rounded off a convincing performance for the home side. Sheffield Oaks didn’t have such luck, losing out 3-44 at home against Wetherby. In Yorkshire Five, Hallamshire were 36-17 winners at Garforth, while Rotherham Clifton won 13-7 at Rossington Hornets.