Awesome Sheffield Tigers cruise past second-placed Lions

Follow the leader: Tigers Richard Hall leads the way.                            Picture: Andy garner
Follow the leader: Tigers Richard Hall leads the way. Picture: Andy garner
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Sheffield Tigers 58 Leicester Lions 37

SHEFFIELD sizzled in the scorching heat to sweep aside Leicester with ease and avenge their defeat at Beaumont Park earlier in the season.

The Lions sit in second in the Premier League table but were outgunned by a Tigers side who put on a show for a healthy Owlerton crowd last night.

They aren’t renowned for starting well but they were given the perfect platform with two maximum heat advantages in the first two heats, immediately firing a warning to their opponents that they meant business.

The home side were never in anything other than complete control and it was only the resistance of the brilliant Lasse Bjerre that prevented the Lions from being embarrassed.

Sheffield weren’t without misfortune either, with Leicester being gifted a 4-2 in heat 11 when Ricky Wells packed up in front with Sheffield on a 4-2 themselves.

The Tigers were unaffected however, and went on to complete a comprehensive 21-point victory. Even that flattered Leicester, who gained five extra points through tactical rides.

Hugh Skidmore continued his fine recent form with paid 16 points from six rides, and he enjoyed stellar support from every one of his team-mates.

Ricky Wells signed off before a week in Las Vegas with paid 12, and that was matched by his skipper Richard Hall. Pepe Franc notched nine, Joe Haines score paid nine himself while Chris Schramm registered an unusual score of six plus four.

SHEFFIELD: (Skidmore 14+2, Hall 11+1, Wells 10+2, Franc 9, Haines 8+1, Schramm 6+4, Sanchez RR.)

LEICESTER: (Bjerre 18, Eklof 6+1, Karlsson 6, Nieminen 3, Blackbird 2, Graversen 2, Makinen 0.)