Nine victories on the trot as Tigers roll on

Jon Feeley goes through the Scunthorpe defence for another Tigers try
Jon Feeley goes through the Scunthorpe defence for another Tigers try

A thrilling bunch of fives saw the Sheffield Tigers juggernaut roll ever onwards and upwards.

Five tries and five valuable away points in the 31-6 victory at Peterborough saw them climb to fifth in the National 3 Midlands League and they have matches in hand over all the teams above them.

The latest triumph was their ninth successive win with Saturday’s clash at Scunthorpe followed by two home games against Luton and Malvern.

Tigers first ever trip to Peterborough started slowly and they trailed to two penalties after 15 minutes but once they got into their stride, there was only ever going to be one winner.

A catch and drive in the corner in the 20 minute resulted in Sam Lockwood going over and Jonny West converted but Tigers were becoming increasingly frustrated by the numerous turnovers at the ruck with hands and infringements and as a result the half-time score remained at 7-6.

Leading try-scorer Jon Feeley came close to adding to his tally but was stopped just short of the line. However it was a sign of things to come as shortly after a period of intense pressure resulted in him darting over for a converted try.

The remainder of the action came in the final 20 minutes when first of all left wing Jamie Clark scored in the corner and minutes later Feeley went through a tired defence for his second try and West converted. There was still time for right wing Gareth Morley to round it all off with a fifth try.

Sam Cooke took the Man of the Match award for an excellent display at No8.

Director of Rugby Richard Senior, while happy with the result was disappointed with the standard of refereering.

He said: “Continuous hands in rucks, not rolling away from the tackle area, and off sides is creating no fluidity in the games.

“We are defending excellently however we need to play through the phases to score more tries but the refereeing of the ruck is stopping this. Not penalising the infringing team or player just makes a mockery of it and it’s very frustrating for the players.”

Team: Ross (West C), Thompson, Lockwood, Hayter, Joel, Barnes, Pearson (Wragg), Cooke, Drage (Wright), West, Clark, Buchanan, Outram, Morley, Feeley.

Top of table: Bromsgrove pld 18, pts 71; South Leicester 17, 61; Longton 16, 60; Broadstreet 16, 54; Sheffield Tigers 15, 53; Luton 17, 53.