Sheffield Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a walk-over win last weekend, hammering struggling Huddersfield 80-3.
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Huddersfield started off strongly, forcing the Tigers to concede an early penalty and go three points behind. After five minutes of strong play, the Tigers rallied and Henri Packard scored out wide, taking the Dore Moor club into a 5-3 lead.
The Tigers were briefly reduced to 14 men but stopped Huddersfield from pushing into the extra space. A Peter Swatkins interception then set up another Packard try.
Before they were back to full strength, Jamie Broadley scored another. Further tries from Swatkins and James Montgomery meant the Tigers went into the half leading 33-3 with the bonus point already secured.
The match then resumed and Broadley scored near immediately from kick off. Tom Outram soon added another score from a break in the middle and Mark Ireland was on form to convert everything in the second half, taking the game to 47-3.
As the game entered its final quarter, the Tigers then began scoring for fun. Broadley collected not only his hat trick but also a fourth try. Montgomery then added to the rout with his second of the match.
Liam Wallace came on for Packard and finished the match with two tries of his own as the match ended 80-3.
Thiu Barnard, Tigers head coach said: “After that loss to Firwood we needed to bounce back and that is exactly what we did.
“Our set piece was a good foundation to play off and our backs were outstanding.
“At half time we talked about doubling our score and we more than doubled it.
“Its easy at 33-3 to concede a few tries or be happy with that.
“We did not do that and we took it up a step.”
The result leaves the Tigers top of the table with their lead extended to four points.
Barnard added: “It is a tough league. Everyone is beating everybody at the minute, which helps us. If we can keep winning and let everyone else beat each other then we’ll reach our target.”
Across Steel City, Sheffield RUFC reversed their slump in form with a 57-19 win against fellow mid-table Stockport. The win leaves the Abbeydale club firmly in the promotion race; they’re just eight points off the play-off place, ahead of their trip to struggling Cleckheaton.