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No match as blank saturday in N2N League.
18/02/17 Tigers 1st XV 26 - 37 Chester
On a dry day with the pitch a little greasy Tigers took on 6th placed Chester. The team were led out by Jamie Broadley making his 100th 1st team appearance for Tigers. Playing into a strengthening breeze (by Dore Moor standards) the home side set off like the proverbial “steam train” with the forwards making some bulldozing runs. Lee Monks, Will Bennett, Aaron Langan and Ed Simmons were all pushing forward and giving the backs the opportunity to stretch their legs. After just 4 minutes a quick break by Peter Swatkins found Jamie Broadley on his outside. With a neat feed of the ball it allowed Broadley to cross the line to get Tigers on the board. Mark Ireland missed the kick as his foot slipped and Tigers had to settle for 5 – 0. Chester were trying to get into the game but the Tigers defensive line was quick and, with Monks constantly foraging for the ball, the visitors seemed to be going nowhere. They were also conceding penalties and after 10 minutes Ireland increased the lead to 8 - 0 and Tigers were looking buoyant and full of running. From the restart, Tigers were again going forward with Ireland putting in some great kicks over the top and pinning the visitors in their own 22. From a lineout infringement a Tigers scrum allowed the ball to move through the backs to find Tom Farrell - starting on the wing - to cross the line. From wide out the Ireland conversion went over and Tigers, after just 15 minutes, were 15 – 0 to the good. Chester now began to wake up and pushed Tigers back into their own 22. The home sides defence was solid and from a penalty they moved up to the halfway line only to have the lineout, not for the first or last time, go awry. Tigers were then adjudged offside and Chester quickly moved in to the Tigers 22. From another penalty the visitors opted for a kick to the corner and from the resulting lineout set up a driving maul that took their No 8 (Ford) over the line for a try converted by Morris to make it 15 - 7 with 20 minutes played. Tigers were still keen to attack and driving runs by Simmons, Tom Coates, Ben Sullivan and the hard-working Monks kept up the momentum. Both sides were keen to move the ball and both kickers were putting up high balls to make use of the stiffening wind. From one such kick Tigers dropped the ball which was picked up by the Chester right wing who seemed certain to score only to be thwarted by a great saving tackle by Swatkins. It was now Tigers turn to move up field and good runs by Liam Wallace, Charlie Dunn and Jonathan Sykes made a score inevitable. It came from a Ireland penalty in the 27th minute to give Tigers an 18 - 7 lead. The next 12 minutes saw Tigers make a number of breaks through Swatkins, Broadley, Wallace and Ireland as well as the forwards. However, it was all to no avail as they dropped the ball, were stopped just short of the line or were penalised. Chester also had some good forays but good defence, as well as numerous penalties, meant at half time the score remained 18 - 7 to Tigers.
The home supporters now had hopes of a victory with the wind at their teams back in the second half but also felt that their team should have had at least 2 more tries on the scoreboard. The second half kicked off with Chester coming out looking determined to make amends. They attacked the Tigers line but solid defence kept them out. Prop Bennett was replaced by Nick Bingham following an injury and Chester continued to press. Tigers withstood the pressure and launched their own counterattack with the ball ending up in the hands of Broadley who had 40 yards to make to the line. He managed to break through two tackles and went over the line to touch down for his second try of the game. The kick was missed but Tigers now had a 23 - 7 lead. From the restart the visitors started to apply a lot of pressure on the Tigers defence which was having to work increasingly hard in their own 22 to keep Chester out. The oppositions replacement hooker was making some good breaks as was their replacement winger. Both had been on from the middle of the first half but now looked revitalised. The pressure began to tell and Tigers were giving away a number of penalties as well as finding the lineouts a problem. Somewhat inevitably from a scrum in the Tigers 22 the Chester scrum-half went over for an unconverted try to make it 23 - 12 after 50 minutes. Tigers made a brief foray into the Chester half and a good short lineout move faltered with a try begging as the ball was dropped. Tigers now found themselves under more pressure and, within 4 minutes of the last try Chester crossed the line again following a flowing backs move. The conversion again went wide but Chester were now back in the game at 23 – 17. Jon Buchanan came on for Farrell and Tigers again found themselves having to defend. Having had a team warning for giving away penalties in the 22 Tigers now found themselves a prop down as Bingham was yellow carded. This meant that the Tigers defence had to work even harder but they conceded one too many penalties and Chester took advantage with 3 points to close the gap to 23 – 20. The home side responded with another Ireland penalty to restore the 6-point advantage but then, with 15 minutes left the game changed. From the restart Tigers found themselves defending on their own 5 metre line. Good tackles by Buchanan and Wallace could not stop the steamroller that now seemed to be Chester as first their wing crossed the line for a converted try (66th minutes), followed by the fullback crossing for an unconverted try (71st minute) and finally an unconverted try from the hooker (77th minute). This made the final score Sheffield Tigers 26 – 37 Chester.
Next up Tigers visit top of the table Caldy on March 4th. It doesn’t get any easier.
Scorers: Tries: Broadley (2), Farrell (1)
Conversions: Ireland (1)
Penalties: Ireland (3)
Team: Bennett (Bingham), Coates, Simmons, Langan (Symcox), Leeming, Townsend (Tufail-Smith), Sullivan, Monks, Dunn, Ireland, Farrell (Buchanan), Wallace, Sykes, Broadley, Swatkins
Replacements: Bingham, Symcox, Tufail-Smith, Buchanan, Holmes
Man of the match - Lee Monks
Match Report: Graham Cockshutt
11/02/17 Tigers 1st XV 28 - 39 Sedgley Park
On a cold, bleak winters day Sheffield Tigers and Sedgley Tigers met for the rematch of the early season game. At Dore Moor it was Sheffield Tigers who came out the winners and Sedgley Tigers were determined that was not going to happen again.
Tigers fielded two new players in Luke Cole (Hooker) and Jonathan Sykes (Centre) being made available by Rotherham Titans. Ben Sullivan, despite his lip being stitched last week, and Thomas Lapyere, returning from injury, were both available. Within 5 minutes of the game starting Tigers found themselves playing with 14 men as Mark Ireland was yellow carded for a team foul of "going offside".
The first 18 minutes saw Tigers under pressure in the scrum and line out but also doing their fair share of attacking. Eventually the Sedgley forwards went over with the No8 (Crous) touching down for a converted try to give them a 7 -0 advantage. Just 5 minutes later it was the turn of the left wing of Sedgley (Lowthion) to cross the line in the corner with the kick, on this occasion, going wide - 12 -0 to the home team.
Tigers tried to respond but Sedgley were now on the front foot and it was the turn of the right wing (Lepori) to cross the line and this time the kick was accurate. 19 - 0 after 35 minutes and it was beginning to look like a long afternoon was in the offering. An injury to Stevie Walker saw Louis Townsend come on and the hard working Ed Simmons was replaced by Nick Bingham. With fresh legs on it was Tigers turn to up the pace and a good break saw Jamie Broadley cross the line and Mark Ireland add the conversion to make it 19 -7 with half time looming. Sedgley did not look towards half time and immediately set up their own attack which resulted in Lepori crossing the line for his second try with Riley adding the extras to make it 26 - 7 at half time.
An injured Chris Pond was replaced by new boy Jonathan Sykes at half time and Tigers emerged for the second half knowing that they needed to up their game if they were to get anything out of the match. After just 4 minutes forward pressure paid off and Aidan Leeming crossed the line with Mark Ireland adding the points to take it to 26 -14. Tigers were now in a groove with the lineout and scrum working well. Thomas Lapeyre and Ed Simmons came on for Aaron Langan and Will Bennett respectively both of whom had put in a lot of the "grunt" work to help Tigers get back into the game. Sedgley now started to respond and a penalty by Riley and then a second converted try by No8 Crous saw them stretch their lead again to 36 -14. Led on by centurion Ryan Holmes Tigers showed the fighting qualities we have come to expect from them. On 67 minutes Jamie Broadley went in for his second Try which was again converted making it 36 - 21. With 3 tries Tigers could see the possibility of getting a bonus point out of the game. Sedgley were beginning to look shaky and took the points from a penalty to try and give them a buffer at 39 -21. Tigers, however, were not finished and (yet) another weaving run by - yes you've guessed it - Peter Swatkins saw Tigers secure a bonus point and run Sedgley close with a final score of 39 -28 having taken the second half by 21 points to 13.
This was a strong second half display and shows just what the team is capable of. All that is needed now is some consistency and we can continue to lift ourselves out of trouble. Chester on Saturday is a game we can win so get up to Dore Moor and cheer them on.
Scorers: Tries: Broadley (2), Leeming (1), Swatkins (1)
Conversions: Ireland (4)
Team: Bennett, Cole (Thornton), Simmons (Bingham), Langan (Lapeyre T), Leeming, Monks, Sullivan, Walker (Townsend), Holmes, Ireland, Pond (Sykes), Wallace, Broadley, Farrell, Swatkins
Replacements: Bingham, Thornton, Townsend, Lapeyre T, Sykes
Match Report: Graham Cockshutt
Tigers 2nd XV 15 - 8 Wath
The 2nd XV consisting of senior colts, vets and some experienced 1st XV players, took on a strong Wath side away. As you expect from any Rotherham side it was a physical game with both sides looking for the victory. The young lads in the Tigers team faced up to the challenge and produced a good display to run out winners by 15 - 8. A special mention should go to Roy Mowbray who, with the cooperation of all sections of the club, put together a side at short notice. The 15 forwards he had were augmented by a number of colts making themselves available to play. All good experience and it shows the team spirit. It also looks good for next year when the team will re enter the leagues and have regular fixtures.
04/02/17 Tigers 1st XV 14 - 8 Wharfedale
Lucky 13, the sinking of the green machine.
A sun kissed Dore Moor welcomed fellow strugglers Wharfdale, sitting just two places above Tigers in the league and still searching for their first away win of the season. The Tigers faithful have endured 12 agonising matches without a win, Sedgley Park back in October the last time they tasted victory. A clear crisp day with little wind offered a perfect setting with both teams only too aware of the significance of the points on offer in what is a very tight bottom half of the league. Tigers fielded a restyled pack with new recruit Nick Bingham starting at tighthead, the return from long term injury of Aaron Langan and Aidan Leeming who partnered up in the second-row and a well deserved start for my favourite Lee Monks.
Miss Claire Hodnett got proceedings underway and it was the Dalesmen who made the brighter start with good forward pressure offering an early test for the Tigers defence. The home side were dealt an early blow after losing flanker Ben Sullivan to injury, as he made a swift exit to hospital to get his floppy lip stitched up. He was replaced by the wrecking ball Louis Townsend. With the defence up to the challenge a turnover in midfield eventually ensued and after a good carry from Liam Wallace, captain Ryan Holmes moved the ball wide to Peter Swatkins who showed a clean pair of heels to the first defender before feeding Jamie Broadley who raced 40m to touch down in the right hand corner. The tricky conversion from Mark Ireland sailed agonisingly wide but the crowd didn’t have to wait long for more points as following good pressure from the home side Lee Monks embarked on a trade mark run before being hauled down by his head. This time Ireland's kick sailed clean between the uprights and the home side had an 8 - 0 lead. While the green machine pondered the score, all parts of the Tigers machine seemed to be running smoothly with strong carries from the forwards gaining significant momentum and providing a good source of ball for the home backs. From a scrum on the Wharfdale 22 the ball was moved wide and following several carries the space was created wide on the left but a knock-on 5 metres out saw 7 points go begging. Miss Hodnett returned for an earlier infringement just wide of the posts and Ireland doesn’t miss from there 11 - 0. Stout Tiger's defence in midfield and some abrasive tackling by Steve Walker kept the scoreboard ticking over as yet another kickable penalty was conceded by the Dalesmen and dispatched by Ireland. The last 15 minutes of the half saw more pressure from Tigers but they couldn’t make it pay. When the whistle was blown it was Thiu Barnard who would have been much the happier coach as Tigers headed for the dressing room with a healthy 14 - 0 lead.
The Tigers faithful must have been optimistic of a W as the second half got underway, but thoughts may have soon evaporated as a dominant start by the Dalesmen did little to calm the crowd’s nerves. It was well and truly game on when 5 minutes in a break in midfield by Davidson saw the ball moved wide allowing Bullough to cross in the left corner. With the extras missed the score stood at 14 - 5. Tigers weren’t without their chances in the second half but handling errors and a misfiring lineout were a constant source of frustration for players and fans alike. The middle period of the half saw a game of ariel ping pong played between Barrett and Ireland offering endless shuttles for both packs. The end result saw Tigers attempt to run out of their half, only to conceded a kickable penalty for holding on, but the ensuing kick sailed just wide of the upright. The visiting pack were beginning to dominate the game and a series of lineouts in Tigers half saw the green machine driving maul set in action, but resolute defence kept them at bay. As the clock ticked into the last 5 minutes further Wharfdale pressure saw them probe deep into the Tigers 22, confronted with a solid defensive line the excellent Barrett slotted an easy drop goal to bring the Dalesmen into losing bonus point territory 14 - 8. The last minute of the game saw the home side on the attack but some loose passing resulted in an interception and kick through into space deep in Tigers 22. The footrace was on as the home crowds hearts were in their mouth, but it was Swatkins the victor and the last phase of play saw the ball dispatched to Dore Village much to the delight of all involved. The drought was over!
It was far from a classic, but many will agree that Tigers have shown significant improvements since Christmas and this well-deserved victory will do much to boost the confidence of the squad as they head into the business end of the season. Next week the team travel to high flying Sedgley, they beat them at home so why not back yourselves for the double lads.
Scorers: Tries: Broadley (1)
Penalties: Ireland (3)
Team: Simmons, Bennett, Bingham, Langan, Leeming, Monks, Sullivan (Townsend), Walker, Holmes, Ireland, Pond, Wallace, Buchanan, Broadley (Farrell), Swatkins
Replacements: Wright, Gelsthorpe, Townsend, Lapeyre A, Farrell
Man of the match - Nick Bingham
Match Report: Andy Barnes