Unexpected bonus for Sheffield

Sheffield’s frustration at missing out on match action once again in this stop-start weather-hit season ended with an unexpected bonus.

Sheffield’s frustration at missing out on match action once again in this stop-start weather-hit season ended with an unexpected bonus.

While their game at Castleford was postponed - the only Yorkshire One ficture to suffer such a fate - Malton and Norton finally lost their 100 per cent record.

With 17 straight wins behind them the runaway leaders were edged out 13-12 at Keighley but they’re still 17 points clear of second place Sheffield who have two matches in hand and that titanic end-of-season showdown at Abbeydale to come.

Andy Kelly’s side still need help to dent Norton’s standing still further, in the meantime all they can do is keep the pressure on starting with Saturday’s trip to Ilkley.

Meanwhile, it’s the A team for teenage Sheffield Rugby Club ace Declan Dunn. The 16-year-old has been selected as a lock forward for the England Under-16 A team after attending a training camp during half-term.

Declan, who returns to squad training with the team at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire from tomorrow until Sunday, will now set his sights on his first international challenge, the Wellington Festival in Berkshire from April 16 to 22.

The Abbeydale club has also produced another teenage England player - Curtis Wilson who got his first cap at the end of December when he starred as a winger for England Under-19s in their 31-13 victory over Ireland in Dublin.

Prop Edward Fox’s Man of the Match performance helped the Under-17s overcome Scarborough 17-0 in the first round of Yorkshire Cup.

In the same competition, tries from Max Lidster and Man of the Match Ryan Baker, who also added a conversion and a penalty, saw Mosborough RUFC Under-17s notch up an impressive 15-5 win over Castleford.