Try-master Broadley

Tigers Jamie Broadley races through for a try vs Hull Ionians
Tigers Jamie Broadley races through for a try vs Hull Ionians

Jamie Broadley just can’t stop scoring tries.

The wing ace is fast becoming the star turn for Sheffield Tigers as his lethal finishing becomes the talk of Dore Moor.

With the season just 10 games old, Broadley has already crossed the line 10 times, which as far as averages go, is very impressive.

However the stats really add up over the last three games in which he’s bagged seven tries, two lots of two and a hat-trick in last Saturday’s first ever league visit to Otley.

He’s now the second highest try scorer in the league and way out in front in the Tigers camp where Callum MacKenzie is next in line with five followed by Gregor Hayter and Jon Feeley, each with four.

The main disappointment for Broadley and Co. in the National North 2 clash at Otley was, of course, how Tigers squandered a 21-3 lead to go down to a 46-28 defeat although the four try bonus point was some consolation.

In the end the match was, from a Tigers point of view, as much about penalties and yellow cards as it was about Broadley’s treble.

The first penalty came in the first minute and the home side opened their account. Tigers responded in style as MacKenzie powered over from close range three minutes later and Jonny West added the extras.

Come 11 minutes and it was 14-3 as Broadley raced in for his first try of the afternoon and West completed the haul. Broadley was then tackled just short of the line after beating four defenders but from the recycling he was not to be denied a second time and crashed over for another converted try to make it 21-3 after just 23 minutes.

Unfortunately for Tigers, it then became a different story as Otley powered back into contention with two quick-fire converted tries.

In the closing minutes of the half, Tom Outram was yellow carded and the home side took full advantage to score an unconverted try and take a 22-21 lead to complete an amazing turnaround.

Tigers replaced props Simon Bunting and Charlie Cone with Mark Chivers and Anthony Ross at the start of the second half and shortly after Steve Pearson took over from Will Smyth in the pack before the turning point of the match. An Otley penalty was kicked to the corner and at the subsequent driving maul skipper Hayter was yellow carded. Immediately Otley’s own try-scoring supremo Daniel Temm completed his hat- trick and the conversion gave them an eight point advantage with 22 minutes left.

Another unconverted try came the home side’s way on 64 minutes but Tigers finally got in on the act when West’s wide pass put Broadley in for his hat-trick and the conversion reduced the gap to six points.

That was as close as it got as Otley helped themselves to two more tries and a conversion in the final nine minutes.

Tigers: Cone (Ross), Thomson, Bunting (Chivers), Cook, Hayter (c), MacKenzie, Pearson N, Smyth (Pearson S), Drage, West, Broadley, Buchanan, Outram, Morley, Graham. Replacements not used: Wragg, Clark

Man of the Match: Jamie Broadley – lethal finishing.

Tigers host Yorkshire rivals Huddesfield at Dore Moor on Saturday (2.15pm start) followed by matches against the top two sides, Loughborough Students, away, and Caldy at home.