Tigers tear into Scunthorpe to complete build-up
AFTER their pre-season win at National League rivals Beverley, Sheffield Tigers completed the countdown to their North Division One campaign with a 37-12 home win over Scunthorpe, of Midlands One.
Tigers went ahead with a try by prop Harry Toews, converted by full-back Tom Outram but in the end it was their staying power and fitness which made the difference.
New signing New Zealand prop John Mu got the second touchdown before Scunthorpe replied with a converted try, and Tigers turned round 17-7 ahead as Stuart Holes, normally in the back row but playing on the left wing, raced in for a try.
Outram ran in two second-half tries, and the home side's other tries were from stand-off Doug Trivella and centre Zak Hill.
Sheffield RUFC had a morale boosting 29-0 win over Northampton Old Scouts in their friendly at Abbeydale but suffered several injuries which could impact on next Saturday's opening Yorkshire One match at Ilkley.
Stand-off Adam Byron raced in for the opening try. Left winger Jonathan Cox then touched down, and a third try by inside centre Chris Cox was converted by Byron to put the home side 17-0 clear at half time.
Scrum-half Matt Poste and open side flanker Martin Balshaw scored in the second half, Byron converting the latter from in front of the posts.
Dinnington won 19-14 in their Senior Vase first-round match at Dukinfield. They edged 8-7 in front at half time with a try by prop Sam Kirk and a penalty goal by stand-off Ian Thompson.
Flanker John Marshall crashed over for the visitors' try when Thompson added a drop goal and a second penalty.
Dinnington held on for the win despite being down to 14 men for the last half hour following injuries to front row players Mark Pinder and Matt Starr.
A hat-trick of tries by winger Adrian Leek and two more by his fellow wingman Luke Gayton saw Mosborough to a 52-5 home victory in their Junior Vase first-round match against Adwick le Street.
Oliver Laws also scored in his first team debut for Mosborough, while prop Paul Heptonstall scored a consolation try for Adwick.
Two tries by new stand-off Tom Watcyn-Jones, formerly with Sheffield Medicals, helped Sheffield Oaks to a 17-0 win at Dronfield. Andrew Selkirk also scored, and James Summerville converted one.