Sheffield Tigers lost their third game out of their last four on Saturday, going down 27-15 at Worcestershire club Bromsgrove.
The game was marred, however, when Bromsgrove player Chris McGregor suffered a suspected broken leg after a seemingly-innocuous challenge.
Bromsgrove officials later confirmed that back-rower McGregor had broken his tibia.
“We wish a speedy recovery to Chris McGregor,” a Tigers spokesperson said.
The home side were quick out of the blocks from the very first whistle, and dominated the game for an hour.
The first of winger Ollie Bache’s two tries came after just five minutes, and Tigers didn’t get on the scoreboard themselves until Tom Outram’s penalty after 22 minutes.
Tigers suffered an injury blow of their own soon after, when captain Andy Barnes departed after half an hour. The away side struggled to recover, and trailed 17-3 at the break.
The second half wasn’t much better for the Tigers, and the home side stretched their advantage to 27-3.
The away side finally started to play some rugby, but tries from replacement Samir Tahraoui and Jamie Broadley proved to be too little too late for the Tigers.
“The home side were far superior on the day and deserved their victory,” Tigers’ Stuart Headford said.
Tigers – Simmonds, White, Chivers (Cone 62), Joel (Ross 49), Patrick, Walker, Wragg, Barnes (Argyle 30), Drage, Outram, Graham, Buchanan, Broadley (Bird 78), Tharme-Loose (Tahraoui 56), Swatkins.