Tigers show their teeth as they make it a double

Man Of The Match Nick Pearson pushes his way forward for Sheffield Tigers vs Leicester Lions
Man Of The Match Nick Pearson pushes his way forward for Sheffield Tigers vs Leicester Lions

Sheffield Tigers duly delivered in their must-win double showdown.

They followed up their 12-10 win at Kendal with a 17-6 victory over first-time visitors Leicester lions at a rainy and windy Dore moor.

The fixture completed the first half of the season with matches against all 15 teams and of these Tigers have won six and lost nine.

They are currently 10th in National 2 North with 32 points.

Next up is Saturday’s tough-looking trip to fourth-placed Westoe followed by a home encounter against Hull, the team immediately above them in the table.

Tigers dominated the opening 20 minutes against Leicester towards the end of which they were awarded a penalty try and Jonny West added the conversion.

Two successful penalty kicks in the space of five minutes cut the advantage to one point but eight minutes into the second half, West landed his own three pointer after an offence that resulted in a visiting player being sin-binned.

Gregor Hayter then featured in a match-clinching scenario which started with a steal at aline out. West then put in a grubber kick but Jamie Broadley was just beaten to the ball by the Leicester full back. However he was forced to hold on and the resultant penalty gave Tigers a lineout five metres out and although the initial catch and drive was halted, the ball was eventually driven over the line and Hayter touched down. West converted and it was game over with seven minutes to play. Tigers: Chivers, Thomson (Gidlow), Ross (Cone), Cook, Joel, MacKenzie (Smyth), Pearson N, Hayter(C), Drage, West, Broadley, Buchanan, Outram (Morley), Graham, Swatkins (Pearson J.) Man of the match: Nick Pearson – perpetual motion in the tight and the loose.