Treble top for Sam as Tigers roar on

Sam Lockwood has scored 10 tries in eight games
Sam Lockwood has scored 10 tries in eight games

The 22-year-old prop bagged his first ever treble in the 36-3 demolition of Kenilworth which made it eight wins on the bounce for the Dore Moor side and highlighted fast-growing promotion aspirations.

Lockwood is certainly one of the reasons why Tigers have started to really make their mark in the National Three Midlands League - they’re currently fourth, just nine points behind leaders Bromsgrove but with a match in hand over their top three rivals.

He is yet to face defeat since he came into the side eight games ago and during that time he’s scored an amazing 10 tries, just one behind leading try-master Jon Feeley.

“There’s a lot of hard work from the forwards and I’m just reaping the benefits,” said Leeds-born Sam who is currently studying history at his home city’s University.

“There’s a good mixture of youth and experience at Tigers and I’m really enjoying it.

“Promotion is the target and if we carry on playing the way we are doing I’m confident we can go on and finish top.”

So is there some friendly rivalry between him and Jon Feeley as to who could finish as leading try scorer come the end of the season?

“There’s been a bit of chat,” he added, “Jon even tried to ‘steal’ one of my tries against Kenilworth but he’d no chance of doing that!”

Lockwood has also caught the eye of the England Universities selectors and he’s been called into the squad for the opening match against French Universities, in Richmond on February 25.

Gareth Morley opened the Tigers try-scoring account in the eighth minute against Kenilworth which was converted by Jonny West.

Lockwood’s first came 10 minutes later and the visitors notched a penalty just before half-time.

A minute after the restart and Lockwood added his second, powering over after West’s superb 60 metre kick to within metres of the visitors line and skipper Andy Barnes’ excellent take at the line out. West converted to make it 19-3.

Things got worse for the visitors when they had a player yellow-carded after 55 minutes and the resultant scrum was driven over and Hayter grounded. Five minutes later Kenilworth conceded another penalty for killing Tigers ball at the ruck and West again kicked to the corner. The drive to the line was touched down by Lockwood to complete his hat-trick of tries.

Another error saw the home side score their final try when Outram’s subtle off-load to Wragg saw the youngster score his first senior league try and West did the rest.

Tigers: Cone (Ross), Thompson, Lockwood, Hayter (Wragg), Joel, Barnes, Pearson N, Cook, Drage, West, Lee (Clark), Buchanan, Outram, Morley, Feeley.

Next up is a trip to Old Northamptonians on Saturday followed by a home clash against second-place Longton on February 5.