A maul lot of fun as Tigers power home

Tigers Charlie Cone charges at the Nuneaton defence
Tigers Charlie Cone charges at the Nuneaton defence

Sheffield Tigers very own power pack drove them to a narrow 8-3 home victory over Nuneaton.

With Tigers just one place and three points above the visitors, it was always going to be a close encounter and so it proved, especially in the face of a strong, icy wind.

Nuneaton, making their first official visit to Dore Moor, were first to get points on the board courtesy of a drop goal from stand off Lee Chapman.

However, it was his failure to find touch from a penalty that set up a Tigers reply when Pete Swatkins ran the ball back and several drives later, the pack forced the visitors to concede a penalty. Jonny West, playing at scrum half after Alex drage had been ruled out through illness, duly levelled the scores up.

The defining moment came in the 48th minute when Tigers wore down the Nuneaton defence and skipper Andy Barnes went over to bag the match-winning unconverted try.

In the end they deserved their win as much for their superior driving maul in which the experience of veterans Richard Joel and Simon Bunting proved decisive.

Team: Chivers (Ross), Thomson (Price), Bunting (Cone), Cook, Joel, Smyth (Mckenzie), Pearson N, Barnes, West, Pearson J, Swatkins, Buchanan, Outram, Broadley, Feeley. replacement not used Liam Wallace.

Man of the Match: Sam Cook – hard work in the driving mauls.

It saw them climb one place to ninth in National 2 North, with 45 points from 19 but just five and six points behind Stockport and Bromsgrove respectively with a match in hand.

Tigers head for a first ever visit to Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday.