Tigers close in on leaders

IT’S ever onwards and upwards for Sheffield Tigers as they completed a Super Seven victory special.

The Dore Moor team’s 31-14 win at Burton moved them up to fifth in a closely contested National Three Midlands League just nine points behind leaders Bromsgrove but with a match in hand.

There should be more of the same on Saturday when Tigers entertain third-from-bottom Kenilworth (2.15pm), followed by a trip to Old Northamptonians and then a crunch home test against third-place Longton.

It took them just eight minutes to get the scoreboard moving at Burton when, from a catch and drive, English Universities prop Sam Lockwood powered over for his seventh try of the campaign and Jonny West added the conversion.

The 20 minute mark signalled a try fest as first of all Thomson ran in followed three minutes later by Jon Feeley’s 11th try both of which were converted by West.

A minute later the home side at last got some points on the board with a converted try but on the half-hour mark open side flanker Nick Pearson touched down, West converted and the gap had widened to a match-winning 28-7.

Tigers used all three replacements in the second half - Wragg for Cook (52 minutes), Clark for Morley (68) and Ross for Lockwood (70) - and minutes after the final change Burton added another seven points to their tally. Four minutes later West sank a 40 metre penalty to halt any thoughts of a dramatic comeback.

Team: Cone, Thomson, Lockwood (Ross), Hayter, Joel, Barnes(C), Cook (Wragg), Pearson, Drage, West, Lee, Buchanan, Outram, Morley (Clark), Feeley.