Agonising loss for Sheffield

Joe Cribley tries to stretch his legs vs Northern
Joe Cribley tries to stretch his legs vs Northern

There’s never a dull moment with Sheffield rugby club. They trailed for all but the last five minutes of their match at Old Brodleians, took the lead and then lost it again right at the death to go down to an agonising 20-19 defeat.

At least they secured a losing bonus point but that was little consolation after their impressive second half fightback from a 17-5 deficit.

Sheffield found themselves behind after just minutes as the home side helped themselves to a converted try and shortly they added a penalty to go into double figures.

Donal Collins finally helped put points on the board in the 20 minute when he kicked for touch out on the right and from the resultant lineout, hooker Carl Mortimer crashed over in the corner for an unconverted try.

Within 10 minutes of the second half Old Brodleians had added another converted try to their tally and the game looked to be slipping away. Thankfully Sheffield had other ideas. Scrum half Matt Poste took a quick tap penalty and made rapid progress before off loading to Joe Cribley who went over next to the posts for a converted try. It wasn’t long before that man Cribley took the accolade once again when he charged down an attempted kick from the back of a maul and scored out wide on the lft. Collins added the conversion and Sheffield led 19-17 with 75 minutes gone.

Unfortunately for Sheffield the drama wasn’t over as they conceded two penalties, the second of which went over to give the home side a one point advantage. There was still time for Collins to attempt a difficult drop goal which drifted just wide.

Game over.

Team: Ewan Reed, James Montgomery, Joe Cribley, Dave McCabe, Alex Hill, Donal Collins, Matt Poste, Tommy Marples, Carl Mortimer, Chris Machen, John Dudley, Tom White, Dave Ellis, Laurence Tomas, Andy Kelly (capt). Replacements: Will Bennett, Soloman Prestage, Ben Campbell.

Sheffield now stand seventh in North 1 East with 20 points from eight games and face fourth-from-bottom Old Crossleyans at Abbeydale on Saturday (3pm).