Second-placed Sheffield, after being edged out 17-15 on their rivals’ ground last October, made their point by beating Yorkshire Division One champions Malton and Norton 35-31 in Malton’s final league match of the season at Abbeydale Park.
Despite what turned out to be a narrow outcome, earning Malton two bonus points, Sheffield were in control from the start and went ahead after just three minutes when prop Tommy Marples crashed over for the first of the game’s eight tries.
Three penalty goals by Donal Collins put Sheffield 14 points in front, and Collins was also on target with the conversion when winger James Montgomery raced over, putting the Abbeydale side 21-0 up after half an hour.
But the game was turned on its head as Malton pulled back a converted try before half time and then stormed into a 24-21 lead within a quarter of an hour of the turnround.
Sheffield regained the upper hand with tries by No 8 and captain Andy Kelly and centre Joe Cribley, both converted by Donal Collins, to put the home side back into a 35-24 lead, but Malton had the final say as their winger Henry Newitt raced over for his second try, converted by their Papua New Guinea goal kicker Teei Piawi.