Dozen reasons why Tigers aim for promotion

And so Sheffield Tigers winning run goes on ... and on ... and on.

The 28-8 victory at Newport (Salop) means it’s now 12 on the bounce and there’s no sign of it ending.

That ‘p’ word glows ever brighter as Tigers moved up to fourth in the National 3 Midlands table with two and in some cases three matches in hand over the teams above them.

Now, of course, the question is, will it be lucky 13 when they host Broadstreet, a team just below them in the table, on Saturday (3pm)?

There’s nothing like tempting fate!

It is, however, next month that will prove make or break for Tigers as they face the top three over a three week period - leaders Bromsgrove, away, on April 2, followed by successive home showdowns against second-place South Leicester (April 16) and third-place Longton (23).

The main difference in the Newport game was that the Dore Moor side converted the majority of their opportunities while the home side did not.

It took just five minutes for the first one to come their way when they were awarded a penalty and Jonny West gained good ground.

They drove forward from the line out and West then fired a superb pass to full-back and leading try-scorer Jon Feeley who entered the line at pace to score under the posts. West added the conversion.

Newport closed the gap four minutes later via a penalty and continued to press which eventually resulted in Tom Outram being sin-binned on 20 minutes for not rolling away from the tackle.

A minute later they were reduced to 13 when Jon Buchanan was adjudged to have committed the same offence.

Any hopes the home side had of making the most of their two player advantage evaporated as Gregor Hayter and Richard Joel helped keep the Tigers defence intact for the whole of the 10 minutes.

Outram’s return resulted in quick ball from a solid scrum and wing Callum MacKenzie crashed over from 10 metres with West again adding the extras for a 14-3 lead.

Tigers put the home side under intense pressure at the start of the second half which ended with Newport’s scrum-half being sin-binned.

Shortly after prop Sam Lockwood touched down for another converted try and they claimed the bonus point on 68 minutes when MacKenzie scored his second try which was again converted by West.

Tigers conceded a last minute try, a small consolation for the home side.

Tigers: Ross (Cone), Thomson, Lockwood, Joel (Wragg), Hayter, Barnes (c), Pearson, Cook, Drage, West, MacKenzie, Buchanan, Outram, Morley, Feeley (Wright).

Whenever teams from Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield Rugby Club meet, the games are intense in a way that only derby matches can be.

But after England’s victory over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup last Sunday, the Under-14s of both clubs are to put loyalties aside and join forces to take on the Scots this weekend.

Sheffield have been on tour in previous seasons but are combining with Tigers under the name Sheffield Barbarians to play three teams in Edinburgh.

To mark the occasion when rivals become teammates, the Barbarians have adopted a distinctive cerise and black tour shirt, with a badge composed of the clubs’ colours, sponsored by the Burley Group.