Rugby Union round-up: Tigers go down to Lions, but Sheffield sit just three points off top spot

Pictured is Sheffield RUFC 1st team coach Adam Byron
Pictured is Sheffield RUFC 1st team coach Adam Byron

Sheffield Tigers were defeated by the Leicester Lions in a high scoring game at Dore Moor on Saturday.

Due to some good play in difficult wind, the Tigers briefly held a slender 12-10 lead, but a few mistakes from the home side eased the Lions into the game with the score at half time 12-20.

The Tigers failed to capitalise on the advantage of having the wind behind them in the second half as Leicester scored two tries in quick succession soon after play resumed, and the final score was 41-26 in favour of the visitors.

Although the match ended in defeat for the Tigers, their committed performance earned them a four-try bonus point and the result leaves them 11th in the National League Two North on six points so far this season. They will hope to reverse their fortunes in their next match against winless, bottom-of-the-table, Harrogate.

Elsewhere, Sheffield RUFC returned to winning ways with a victory away at Lichfield.

The 28-17 result means Sheffield took maximum points away from the game due to the win and the try bonus. After four games, the Abbeydale-based side find themselves fifth in the National League Two Midlands - only three points away from the top spot.

Sheffield’s director of rugby, Jason Soden, said: “In the first half we were playing into the wind and we made a few silly mistakes which let them in for a couple of easy tries.

“It made me think in the first half we were continuing on from the disappointing performance last week.

“What is actually really positive is in the second half, we probably played the best we have all season.

“We scored three really good tries, which went unanswered, and got the win as well as the bonus point.

“The second half went how we wanted it to and we played rugby the way we want to be playing rugby. First XV coach, Adam Byron, gave the players some constructive criticism at half time and got the players back to playing in our patterns.

“Hopefully we’ll carry on from that second half when we play our next game against Longton. If we play like we did on Saturday I don’t think they will be able to live with us.

“In fact, if we play like we did in that second half for the rest of the season, I do not think there will be many teams that could deal with us.

“Our priority right now is to keep this team together, keep up these performances and make sure we are all pulling in the same direction.”