SHEFFIELD TIGERS: In form Ricky Wells helps Tigers expose Diamonds’ flaws

In command: Sheffield Tigers star Joe Haines leads the way last night at Owlerton against Newcastle.                     Picture: andy garner

In command: Sheffield Tigers star Joe Haines leads the way last night at Owlerton against Newcastle. Picture: andy garner

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Sheffield Tigers 58 Newcastle Diamonds 32

SHEFFIELD will take a huge lead to Newcastle on Sunday as they ran riot against the Diamonds in their Knockout Cup quarter-final first leg last night.

It was simply an awesome performance from the home side and they were dominant throughout as they showed once again what a solid side they have become by dispatching one of the league’s pre season favourites with ease. It is no coincidence that the city side’s excellent recent form has coincided with the upturn in performances of Ricky Wells, who seems to have sussed the Owlerton circuit now after his early-season struggles.

The home side banged in no fewer than 10 heat advantages - compared to just two for Newcastle - and every single home rider recorded at least one paid win.

Sheffield had just four last places and two of those were engine failures for Chris Schramm, which highlights just how much control they had. The imperious Wells lost to an opponent just once on his way to 13 points, his highest ever Owlerton score, and he was ably backed up by Pepe Franc with paid 12.

Richard Hall won two races to collect nine, while in-form reserve Emiliano Sanchez again impressed with paid 10.

Hugh Skidmore is perhaps the most consistent man in the Tigers side and he racked up another paid, Joe Haines notched seven and Chris Schramm was unfortunate that he only registered four points as he had two mechanical retirements.

It was Sheffield’s most dominant performance of the season and co-team boss David Hoggart was delighted to see his side rack up such a big lead.

Tonight we were awesome and we always knew we had this sort of performance in us. It was always going to happen once all theboys clicked and tonight it did.”

TIGERS: Wells 13, Franc 11+1, Hall 9, Sanchez 8+2, Haines 7, Skimdore 6+2, Schramm 4+1

DIAMONDS: Lemon 10, Robson 8+1, Lindgren 5, S. Worrall 3+1, Nedermark 3, R. Worrall 3, Henry 0