Wing ace the 'Joel' 'in Sheffield's crown

SHEFFIELD reached the next stage of the EDF Energy Senior Vase after edging past Doncaster outfit Wheatley Hills in their second round clash at York Road.

Monday, 15th October 2007, 10:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2007, 9:31 am

Sheffield were never behind, but their hosts put up some stiff defence and held their South Yorkshire rivals at bay for long periods.

Right winger Joel Barrett made the breakthrough for Sheffield on 10 minutes with a try. He stole the ball at a tackle and broke downfield, beating two defenders before touching down, centre Adam Byron adding the conversion.

Wheatley Hills' centre Mark Sanderson kicked a penalty on 28 minutes to get them off the mark, but the score remained at 7-3 until the break.

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Six minutes after the re-start Byron added a penalty for Sheffield after Wheatley were pulled up for hands in the ruck, but there was no further score until the final few minutes when stand-off Granthem Abraham touched down after breaking away and skilfully kicking ahead and collecting the ball.

n Barnsley scraped through to the fourth round of the EDF Energy Junior Vase after beating Merseyside visitors 102-7 at Shaw Lane.

Their 16-try rout began early, with the home side being 53-0 ahead at the break and continuing to rack up the points afterwards.

There were four tries each for left winger Darryl Cheetham and right winger Tom Gray, but seven other players got on the scoresheet with second row Dave Reed scoring two tries.

There were also single scores for centre Scott Hinchcliffe, flanker Rob Johnson, full-back Patrick Jensen, replacement Simon Casson, Paul Matthews and No 8 James Roberts, while Jensen converted 11 of the scores.

n Wath on Dearne will also go into the draw for the next stage of the Junior Vase after beating Halifax Vandals 18-15 at Moor Road.

Tries from second row Matthew Cook and stand-off Anthony Barrett, plus two penalties and a conversion from Barrett, helped Wath battle back from a 10-6 half time deficit.

Rotherham Phoenix won 34-10 at Cheshire outfit Ellesmere Port. Back Row Andrew Ellis, captain and No 8 Jamie Morris, second row Richard Westran and fly-half Tom Jenkinson all touched down, while Jenkinson kicked all four conversions and two penalties.

Sheffield Medicals ran out 12-10 winners at Pontefract Pythons in a re-arranged Yorkshire Division Five A league game.

They led 7-0 at the break after stand-off Robin Meakin touched down and converted his own score, and winger James Whiting added another after the break to make sure of the points.

But Mosborough lost out 8-22 in their home league game against Ossett in Yorkshire Five A, and are now second bottom of the table.

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