Six-try Tigers keep on winning

Tigers Jonny West makes a 2nd half break vs Malvern
Tigers Jonny West makes a 2nd half break vs Malvern

It was a top of the props day for the indomitable Sheffield Tigers as they extended their winning run to 11.

In what was another excellent all-round team performance, Tigers welcomed Malvern to Dore Moor for the first time and duly gave them a lesson in how to play the game.

A man-of-the-match performance from scrum half Alex Drage plus powerhouse displays from Richard Joel and skipper Andy Barnes brought about a six-try romp in a commanding 37-0 victory over their National Three Midlands rivals which kept their promotion hopes very much alive.

They’re now fourth, on 62 points, and although they’re nine, 10 and 13 points behind Longton, South Leicester and leaders Bromsgrove respectively, they have two matches in hand over Longton and three over the top two. What’s more, Tigers who have lost the least number of matches in the division and boast the meanest defence, have still to play all three.

Next up is a trip to Newport (Salop) on Saturday followed by a home double-header against Broadstreet (March 19) and Peterborough (March 26).

It took Tigers 25 minutes to get their first points on the board courtesy of a Jonny West penalty and 10 minutes later leading try scorer Jon Feeley showed pace and power to score an unconverted try near the right hand corner.

With the wind at their backs, Tigers dominated the second half in what turned out to be a try-scoring props show. Within four minutes of the restart Simon Bunting increased the lead to 13-0 and shortly after another scrum and maul ended with fellow prop Anthony Ross charging over the line from 20 metres.

Forward power brought the next try on 55 minutes when, from another reset scrum, Barnes touched down and then six minutes after replacing Bunting, Charlie Cone bagged the bonus point when he became the third prop to score from a forward drive.

Similarly, Joe Wright took over from Feeley and showed his attacking flair to notch the final try in the 73 minute and added his own conversion.

Team: Ross, Thompson, Bunting (Cone), Joel, Hayter, Barnes, Pearson, Cook (Wragg), Drage , West, Clark, Buchanan, Outram, Morley, Feeley. (Wright)