Victorious Tigers eyeing runners-up spot

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SHEFFIELD Tigers maintained their good form with a 25-7 victory over National 3 (Midlands) rivals Luton at Dore Moor.

Tigers will finish second in the league if they win the three games in hand have over most of their rivals, and the win over Luton helped their cause.

However, a dropped ball as Tigers headed for a try late in the game meant they had to settle for a four-point win, rather than the five-points they could’ve secured.

Tries from full-back Jon Feeley and flanker Frank Wragg helped Tigers to a 12-0 lead, with former Rotherham ace Jonny West kicking a conversion.

West added a penalty in the second half to make it 15-0, and although Luton scored a converted try shortly after, Tigers forged to victory with West adding another penalty, as well as converting a try from No 8 Andy Barnes.

Despite picking up two bonus points, Dinnington again left their defences open and were edged out 31-24 in their home match against Selby in Yorkshire Division 1.

Former Hull Ionians stand-off Dan Porter, who has rejoined Selby, but Porter raced over for the opening try in the seventh minute, which he converted himself, and he touched down again midway through the first half as the visitors notched up 31 points without reply before half time.

Dinnington finally forced their way into the game and pulled back a try by flanker Will Marshall, Danny Wilkinson converting. Scrum-half Alex Donnelly was next to go over, and Marshall then collected his second try. Neither of these was converted, but Wilkinson’s kick was successful when prop Sam Kirk crashed over for Dinnington’s fourth and final try. It meant they collected a four-try bonus as well as another for losing by seven points or less.

Barnsley overcame an early setback to run out 32-10 winners in their Yorkshire 2 match at West Park Leeds.

Leeds recorded an eighth minute try, but Barnsley turned round 22-5 ahead through two tries from winger Andrew Smith and another by stand-off Andrew Appleyard, two of which Appleyard converted as well as putting over a penalty goal. It was the same story in the second half, with Leeds touching down for the first try before Barnsley hit back with tries from substitute winger and debutant Sam Simpson and forward Dave Reed.

Rotherham Phoenix lost 20-13 in their home match against Baildon in Yorkshire 3. They turned round 13-10 ahead but Baildon ran in two tries. The only successful kick of the afternoon was Tom Jenkinson’s penalty for Rotherham which gave the hosts the upper hand at half time after inside centre Owen Swift and prop Pete Robinson had touched down for tries.

Yorkshire 3 leaders Wath on Dearne coasted to a 34-10 victory in their first round Yorkshire Silver Trophy match at Hemsworth. Ashley Rothery converted when Wath were awarded a penalty try early in the game, and they turned round 17-0 ahead after tries from scrum-half Josh Bird and full-back Adam West. Hemsworth replied with two tries, but Wath prop Brendan Angel, winger Brett Small and centre Steve Mason ran in tries, the second converted by Ben Keen.

Sheffield Medicals continued their table-topping form with a 19-3 victory at Ossett in Yorkshire 5.

Flanker Alistair Shaw scored to help Medicals to a 7-3 lead at the break, while centre Will Coomer and flanker David Ellis touched down in the second half, Coomber kicking a second conversion.

Stocksbridge won 51-10 at Nestle Rowntree in York.