Tigers roar to great win

Sheffield Tigers Liam Wallace scored twice at Billingham
Sheffield Tigers Liam Wallace scored twice at Billingham
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Sheffield Tigers finally got their National Three North campaign off the blocks when they ran in seven tries on their way to a 43-19 victory at Billingham.

Centre Liam Wallace touched down twice, with other tries coming from full-back Alex Graham, second row Josh Redfearn, hooker Ed Simmonds, winger Henry Packard and replacement Chris Keetley. Tom Outram kicked four conversions.

“Going into the game they had two wins already, and had beaten Burnage who we lost to, so we were massive under dogs,” said manager Thiu Barnard. “But we outplayed them across the pitch, and were much fitter. ”

Sheffield moved up to third place in North One East when they came from behind for a 24-21 win over Ilkley, last season’s Yorkshire One champions at Abbeydale Park.

Ilkley went 10-0 ahead before Sheffield pulled back a try by prop Tommy Marples on the stroke of half time.

Ilkley increased their lead with a try by scrum-half Ryan Cooper four minutes into the second half, and they kept the upper hand despite tries by full-back Andy Hodgson and No 8 Johnny France for Sheffield.

But, with Ilkley leading 21-17, the Abbeydale side clinched it with a stoppage time try by former Sheffield Medics lock Alex Fawdry, converted by Hodgson.

Newly promoted Dinnington maintained their early push with a 27-14 win over Old Crossleyans at Halifax.

Tries came from Kyle Stimpson, Gary Woodcock, and subs James Beck and Jalan Ferris. Jonny West kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Matthew Burrows was the hero for Wath on Dearne as his two tries led them to a 21-7 win at home to Selby.

Two tries from John Bunclark led Rotherham Phoenix to a hard-fought 32-28 win over Old Otliensians in Yorkshire Three.

Mosborough ran in six tries on their way to a 41-10 win at Wensleydale, with centre Dale Adey scoring four of them.