Tigers claw back to extend winning run

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Sheffield Tigers’ first team won their ninth National 2 North game on the bounce on Saturday with a 25-19 victory over Caldy at Dore Moor.

Tigers began in the best possible manner when Jamie Broadley scored an unconverted try after just three minutes.

But Caldy’s first try after sixteen minutes soon cut Tigers’ lead down to one point, with the visitors also enjoying the better of the play and recycling the ball well.

And ten minutes later, that pressure began to tell when they took a 12-8 lead through scrum half James Smith.

Sheffield’s Tom Outram and Richard Vasey of Caldy are statistically the division’s best two kickers – but both had an off day here, missing three kicks at goal each.

Richard Joel returned for Tigers after missing the excellent away win at Luctonians last week. Rotation brought in props Charlie Cone and Anthony Ross and young scrum-half Ryan Holmes.

With five minutes remaining of the first half, Tigers regained their lead through Ross White.

At half-time Tigers replaced Frank Wragg with Steve Walker but Tigers were being forced to play their rugby in their own half.

A sloppy lineout throw gave Tigers the ball, allowing Broadley to make it 18-12, but from the restart, Caldy left winger Matthew van Sertima scored a converted try to give the visitors the lead again.

But Peter Swatkins’ seven-pointer on 74 minutes sealed the game - and the points.

Team – Ross (Mackenzie 63), Chivers, Cone (O’Donnell 63), Joel, Hayter, Wragg (Walker 41), White, N Pearson, Holmes (Drage 46), Outram, Graham, Buchanan, Broadley, Wallace (Dunn 75), Swatkins.

This weekend sees Tigers travel to seventh-placed Otley (2.15pm), who have won five and lost five of their ten league games to date.

Tigers, meanwhile. have formally announced the appointment of their new head coach, Ben Wade, who is an assistant coach at Rotherham Titans. Wade’s appointment cements the partnership between Tigers and the Titans. which started after Tigers’ former coach, Steve Salvin, left to become part of the coaching team at Premiership club Worcester Warriors.

Wade joins Tigers with an outstanding playing record from several clubs within the Yorkshire area, including many appearances for Rotherham Titans in the Championship.

He will work closely with Richard Selkirk, Tigers’ vice chair of playing.

Tigers President, Nigel Dakin, said “This is great news for the club. Ben has settled in well and we are all looking forward to working with him.

“The Tigers committee see this as a big step towards achieving the club aim of promotion to National One within three years.

“The appointment of Wade marks the start of closer links over the coming months between Tigers and Rotherham Titans.

“Our players will develop by receiving Championship coaching and by having the opportunity to appear for Titans in British and Irish Cup matches.”

On November 17, Tigers have their first encounter with National Two North runaway league leaders, Stourbridge, at home. Stourbridge are unbeaten this season and have achieved a four try bonus point in every game.