Rugby round-up: Sheffield stay in touch with top as Tigers win again

Sheffield Tigers' Tom Outram
Sheffield Tigers' Tom Outram
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Both Steel City teams were in action away from home last weekend.

Sheffield RUFC were at struggling Cleckheaton triumphed 20-19 in a tightly contested match.

The final score was decided late into injury time with an 86th-minute converted penalty, meaning Sheffield came away with all four league points. The win saw Sheffield move up to sixth in the table, edging closer to the top spots with the majority of the season left to play.

Meanwhile Sheffield Tigers, who travelled west to Stockport, recorded their eighth league win in nine games. Even the stormy north-west weather could not stop the visitors, who once again posted a cricket score result of 57-10.

The first points in the game went to Stockport, who scored the opening try after five minutes. Max Allen soon evened the score for the Tigers but the conversion attempt, way out to the right and in tricky conditions, missed.

Good discipline from both sides meant that the game became fiercely contested, with the Tigers only taking a slight lead through a penalty. The Tigers extended their lead with another try after a superb tackle breaking run from Jamie Broadley, and the added conversion made the score 15-5. Although Stockport pressed against the Tigers’ defence, the score remained the same at half time.

Tries from Tom Outram and Henri Packard after the break secured the four-try league bonus point before Stockport attempted to narrow the margin with a score of their own, taking the game to 29-10.

The Tigers then began scoring for fun. Further tries by Outram and Packard, with conversions from Mark Ireland, put them 43-10 ahead. The penultimate try came from an outstanding 75 metre run from Packard with the final score sealed with a Broadley try in the last two minutes of the game.

The result leaves the Tigers top of the table, with a five point lead.

Spokesman Richard Joel said: “We really had to dig in and defend for a while but we were good after that. We defended patiently and waited for opportunities to come.

“In the second half the work rate and tackle count substantially increased. This lead to more turning over of the ball and we made the most of the opportunities.”

When asked if the Tigers may struggle to avoid complacency, Joel added: “Players win games but teams win championships and this team wants to win the league.

“There is no complacency in the squad. Every game, and every point, matters.”