Collins leads way to victory

Sheffield RUFC v Morpeth 'Donal Collins
Sheffield RUFC v Morpeth 'Donal Collins
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You can always rely on Sheffield to defy the odds.

After their disappointing defeat at Northern not many people would have backed them to serve up a winning performance at third-placed Middlesbrough.

How wrong can you be.

The sixth-placed Abbeydale side duly produced a stunning performance that brought about a 30-16 victory at their North 1 East rivals.

Now they look to put increased pressure on those teams above them when they entertain bottom of the table Team Northumbria.

Sheffield currently have 67 points from 23 matches, just four behind Malton and Norton, six behind Percy Park and seven adrift of Middlesbrough.

It’s all to play for that third-place finish which is why the Donal Collins-inspired result at Boro’ was all the more pleasing.

Collins, pictured, put Sheffield ahead with two penalties in the opening five minutes but the home side hit back with a penalty and an unconverted try to take an 8-6 half time lead.

The fly half then turned try-scorer to go over within five minutes of the restart and added his own conversion to restore his side’s advantage.

Boro reduced the gap to two points with a penalty but a minute later Sheffield bagged a second converted try courtesy of back row replacement Dale Goulding after 57 minutes.

It was better still 14 minutes later when an intercaption on the half-way line resulted in winger Gareth Morley scoring a third converted try to open up a match-winning 27-11 lead.

Shortly after Collins landed another penalty and the last-gasp unconverted try for the home side proved a minor distraction to what was an excellent win.