Pulsating Sheffield Tigers win had everything

Peter Swatkins dives for the line for a first half try vs Bromsgrove
Peter Swatkins dives for the line for a first half try vs Bromsgrove

Thrills, spills, two injury hold ups, one of which resulted in a trip to hospital and an hour long delay to a match in which 83 points were scored and finished with just one point separating the two teams.

Dore Moor certainly delivered as Sheffield Tigers edged out Bromsgrove 42-41 in a pulsating National 2 North clash.

The visitors had got off to a flier and were 10 points to the good after just seven minutes. Three minutes later Tigers responded when Pete Swatkins ran in from 20 metres and Tom Outram converted.

Players and supporters hardly had time to draw breath before Man of the Match Jon Buchanan off loaded to Jamie Broadley who powered over the line for a seven pointer in the 16 minute. Shortly after Outram added a penalty but Bromsgrove then added one of their own to cut the gap to four points. Then came a repeat of the Buchanan-Broadley power show and again Outram bagged the conversion to make it 24-13 with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

The first injury stoppage came when referee Stephen Rainey suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by an assistant referee.

Unfortunately the start of the second half was marred by a much more serious neck injury to Bromsgrove skipper Tom Warren and it was an hour before the match could be restarted. Thankfully it was later disclosed that X-rays showed no damage and he was discharged.

It was the visitors who were first to make inroads on the ever fluctuating scoreboard with a converted try that made it 24-20 but Tigers responded with a seven pointer courtesy of winger Alex Graham.

Back came Bromsgrove to once again reduce the lead to four points only for Tigers to respond yet again when Swatkins won the race for his diagonal kick into space near the corner for an unconverted try. Outram then landed a penalty on the hour mark to put his side ahead 39-27.

Sure enough the visitors again replied with another converted try but Outram’s trusty boot claimed another successful penalty kick ... and what an important three points it would turn out to be as the Bromsgrove pack again drove Tigers forwards over the try line for a seven pointer. There was no time to restart the game and the Dore Moor side had won a thrilling encounter by the narrowest of margins.

This was the seventh successive win for fifth placed Tigers who now have 31 points, nine behind unbeaten leaders Stourbridge.

Team: Ross (O’Donnell 70), Price (Hayter 46), Cone, Joel, Wragg, Walker (Mackenzie 42), White, Pearson N(C), Drage, Outram, Graham, Buchanan, Broadley, Wallace, Swatkins. Replacements not used: Dunn, Argyle.

Tigers travel to Luctonians on Saturday.