Tigers roar to Roses victory

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SHEFFIELD Tigers twice fought from behind for a 25-16 victory over Stockport at Dore Moor, completing the season’s double over their National Two North rivals.

Tigers stand-off Jonny West had to kick the home side level and then added another before Stockport equalised.

Tigers produced the first try of the day when outside centre James Broadley raced over on the half hour, and they turned round 11-9 ahead.

Stockport looked set to turn the tables when they went 16-11 ahead.

But Tigers got back on terms with a try by winger Callum MacKenzie, and as they harassed the visitors into mistakes they swung the verdict with penalty goals by West on 68, 74 and 80 minutes, the last kick denying Stockport a losing bonus point.

The win put Tigers ahead of their rivals in the National Two table.

Sheffield collapsed 29-8 in their North One East clash with Northern at Gosforth. They dropped to sixth in the North One East table and will need to step up their performance next Saturday against Middlesbrough.

Wath on Dearne helped a Yorkshire clean sweep in the RFU national knock-outs when they overcame an early setback to score a 37-12 home win in their Senior Vase match against Dukinfield.

It was the last of the Northern group matches, and Wath will play Midlands team Stourbridge Lions in the semi-finals as they vie for a place at Twickenham. After Anthony Barratt had kicked an early penalty for Wath, Dukinfield led 7-3 with a converted try before the home side took control with tries by full-back Ashley Rothery, No 8 Matthew Burrows and second row Simon Lines.

After turning round 20-7 ahead, they let Dukinfield back in for an unconverted try but finished strongly with tries by winger Barratt and prop Ben Myers before Burrows ran in his second to seal the win.

Sheffield Medicals missed their chance to top Yorkshire Three when they were edged out 19-15 by leaders Roundhegians at Leeds.

Medicals turned round 19-3 down with a lone penalty by Eddie Farmer.

But later they scored tries through second row Alex Fawdry and winger Peter Goodwin, the former converted by Farmer.

Stocksbridge moved up to third place in Yorkshire Five, hammering Sheffield Oaks 27-0 at Bolsterstone.

No 8 Nigel Dowkes ran in two tries, and Stocksbridge secured a winning bonus when wingers Callum Green and Joe Jones both raced over.

Bowskill converted one to add to his two penalty goals.

Apologies for our error in yesterday’s rugby union coverage.