Sheffield Tigers’ bid to avoid relegation from SSE National League Two North suffered a blow on Saturday as they fell to fellow strugglers Otley.
With their last three games falling foul of the weather, the Tigers were delighted to get some rugby action under their belts as Otley visited Dore Moor.
The winners knew that they would be able to open up some breathing space between themselves and the teams below them, and the pressure seemed to affect the Tigers more as the visitors started with a bang.
Otley took the early lead with a penalty from Mark Ireland and went further ahead with a try from Nazir Karim, the left wing finding space after the Otley forwards had picked up from the back of a scrum and drove on sucking in Sheffield defenders to create the space for the winger to sythe his way through, Ireland adding the conversion.
Sheffield hit back almost from the restart however with a try by Jamie Harris, backing up some great pick and go play by the pack on the back of a break by Richard Joel.
Just before the interval Otley increased their advantage with a try from Harry Hudson, the right wing in support of a quickly taken tap penalty which caught the Sheffield defence napping.
Tom Outram slotted a penalty for the home side to keep his side in it at half-time as the Tigers went into the interval trailing 15-8.
The second period saw Otley having more of the possession and Stephen Depledge crossed for a third try, claiming the honours after the Otley pack had driven over the line.
Sheffield tried to come back but were continually thwarted by the strong Otley defence had to be content with a second penalty from Outram as they slipped to a 20-11 home defeat.
The loss means Dan Richmond’s side occupy the third relegation spot as they trail Hull in 13th by 11 points.
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