Collins kicks way to victory

Sheffield RUFC v Morpeth 'Donal Collins
Sheffield RUFC v Morpeth 'Donal Collins

The trusty boot of Donal Collins helped Sheffield claim another home success with a 19-10 victory over Percy Park.

It took him just two minutes to put points on the board after Sheffield had been awarded a penalty but the fourth-placed visitors levelled it up shortly after.

Collins. pictured below, edged his side ahead with another penalty four minutes before the break and he then extended the gap with two more successful kicks after 52 and 58 minutes. Their lead was cut to two points five minutes later when Park were awarded a penalty, kicked to the corner and from the resultant line out their tight head prop crashed over for a converted try.

Sheffield responded with what was probably their best period of the match and after some concerted pressure, scrum half Matt Poste emerged from the rear of a maul to score what was the match-clinching try in the 73 minute.

Collins added the conversion and three minutes later Park’s hooker was yellow-carded and Sheffield closed the game out.

Team: Ewan Reed, James Montgomery, Gareth Morley, Rob Holland, Alex Hill, Donal Collins, Matt Poste, Tommy Marples, Carl Mortimer, Ramzey Adamo (Andy Gravil), John Dudley, Tom White, Laurence Thomas (Will Bennett), Martin Balshaw, Andy Kelly (capt). Replacement not used: Ben Shore.

Sheffield remain fifth in North 1 East on 63 points with Malton and Norton but cut the gap on Percy Park to five points.

Top of table: Billingham played 22, 90pts; Wheatley Hills 22, 76; Middlesbrough 22, 74; Percy Park 21, 68; Sheffield 21, 63, Malton and Norton 21, 63.

Sheffield face Northern on Saturday.