Sheffield Tigers win but lose out in Cup

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Sheffield Tigers 54 Scunthorpe 39

SHEFFIELD kept their part of the bargain but results elsewhere meant that they crashed out of the Premier League Cup competition.

The Tigers had to beat Scunthorpe and hope that Newcastle failed to do the same against Redcar in order to qualify for the semi-final.

Sheffield did just that with a comfortable win but Newcaslte’s victory over Redcar means that it is they who join Workington as qualifiers from the Northern group.

Pepe Franc, Richard Hall and Chris Schramm all returned after missing Saturday’s away defeat at Berwick and they proved just why they were so sorely missed with important contributions. Franc top-scored on 11 plus two, continuing his fine form.

The biggest plus for the Tigers though was the form of Ricky Wells, who missed an Elite League date with Wolverhampton to ride, as he put in his best performance of the season. The American World Cup star notched three paid wins on his way to 10 and a bonus, his best ever home score for Sheffield, and that was only marred by a heat 15 exclusion.

Chris Schramm did the very same with paid eight, while Hugh Skidmore was his reliable self with seven plus one. Richard Hall and Emiliano Sanchez notched paid ten apiece, but Joe Haines had a tough night with just two.

It was a disappointing night for Tigers in terms of overall results, but they showed their improvement and will have enjoyed running out winners against their fiercest rivals for the second time in a month.

TIGERS: Franc 11+2, Wells 10+1, Hall 9+1, Sanchez 9+1, Skidmore 7+1, Schramm 6+2, Haines 2.