Missing half-dozen see Tigers scrum unstuck

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Sheffield Tigers had to settle for a losing bonus after hosts Luctonians scraped a 22-15 victory.

Tigers were without six first-XV regular players because of injuries and unavailability, with Saturday’s date originally a blank weekend on the RFU calendar.

However, a number of youngsters acquitted themselves well, such as winger Liam Wallace and scrum-half Ryan Holmes.

Second row Gregor Hayter scored Tigers’ first-half try, and stand-off Jonny West kicked the conversion to add to an earlier penalty which helped the score to 10-10 at half time. Hayter added a second try which put Tigers into a 10-15 lead, but the Midlanders ran in two second half tries to secure the win.

Coach Richard Senior said: “We played some good rugby, but we missed a few tackles. We had a couple of scores ruled out and we couldn’t dominate the scrum like we can do with both first-XV props out.”

Relegation looms closer for Dinnington who crashed to a 40-17 home defeat in their Yorkshire One clash with Pontefract.

Barnsley continued their push for promotion into Yorkshire One when they trounced Division Two rivals Moortown 45-8 at Leeds.

A great second-half fightback was not quite enough for Wath on Dearne, edged out 24-20 in their Yorkshire Two match against West Park Leeds.

Leeds went ahead with an early converted try, and although Wath pulled back a penalty goal by winger Anthony Barrett Leeds roared into a 24-3 lead.

Wath dominated the second half with tries from Barrett, full-back Adam West and scrum-half Joe Bartlett, the last converted by Barrett, but a losing bonus point was the best they could do.

Sheffield Medicals stormed into the lead in Yorkshire Three with a four-try bonus in their 28-6 win at Rotherham Phoenix.

They took control with first-half tries by centre James McLeod and flanker Ali Shaw, and they kept up the pressure as second row Charles Crawshaw and full-back Robert Conville touched down. Eddie Farmer converted all four.

Stocksbridge moved to within one point of Garforth in their league after a resounding win over Rawmarsh.

They made short work of the Rotherham team with outside centre Sam Turnell getting a hat-trick of tries.

Inside centre Ben Senior chipped in with a brace of tries and Karl Hall, Pete Newton and Joe Westby also went over to stretch the lead.

Full-back Scott Bowskill converted four of the tries to see Stocksbridge win 53-5.