Edinburgh Monarchs 49 Sheffield Tigers 44 - Wounded Tigers make their point

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Super skipper Kyle Howarth led patched-up Sheffield to a hard-earned point at Edinburgh last night.

The Tigers headed to Armadale without Josh Grajczonek, Josh Bates and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and went down 49-44.

But Howarth was the last-heat hero as he held off Sam Masters in a titanic battle to ensure they left with an excellent SGB Championship point to show for their determined efforts.

With No.1 Grajczonek on SGB Premiership duty, Howarth stepped up with another stunning away performance. He bagged 13 points in the No.5 spot including a vital heat 13 victory as the meeting went down to the wire.

He received plenty of support from Aaron Summers as he guested in the No.1 spot. He blasted around Mark Riss for second in heat one and claimed a pivotal tactical ride win in heat 11 to leave Howarth well-placed to seal a point.

There were ominous signs for Sheffield early on when the hosts quickly established an eight-point lead, but they dug deep and improved as the meeting progressed.

Lasse Bjerre also put in a solid showing whilst Robert Branford notched a vital paid six at reserve as the pair combined for a momentum-shifting 5-1 in heat 12.

And although Todd Kurtz and guesting duo James Sarjeant and Ryan MacDonald were unable to make a significant impact, they still chipped in with important points.

The Tigers will be back in action as they head to Newcastle tomorrow night (6.30). They will again be without young reserve Jack Parkinson-Blackburn after he opted to take a break from the sport, but they will otherwise be at full strength with Josh Bates dashing back from his World Under 21 Team Cup Semi-Final in Germany.

Edinburgh 49: Max Clegg 11+4, Ricky Wells 11+1, Sam Masters 10, Mark Riss 8+1, Erik Riss 8, Mitchell Davey 2, Josh Pickering R/R.

Sheffield 44: Kyle Howarth 13, Aaron Summers 12, Lasse Bjerre 8, Rob Branford 5+1, Todd Kurtz 3, James Sarjeant 2+1, Ryan MacDonald 1+1.