Sat 10
Sheffield Tigers
1st XV
Tigers Second Half Mashing

Tigers Second Half Mashing

By Peter Bright
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Greens concede 4 tries in last 20 minutes

The Greens game away from Dore Moor on the wrong end of a 40 points to 10 result. The final score is rather harsh and does not truly reflect the game.

Travelling without Captain and fly-half Tom Foster and front row replacement Aaron Coulthard, they had the added disadvantage of centre, Oli Wood coming off at half-time.

The game started in a very positive way for the Greens with pressure in the scrums leading to early dominance of territory and possession. Steve Johnson missed a long range penalty after 7 minutes but made amends only 3 minutes later to put the visitors on the board. James Dyson crossed during this period only for the score to be ruled out for a forward pass. It took the Tigers until the 15th minute to break out of their half and with fly-half Angus Bower putting in a high cross-field kick towards his right wing. Scunthorpe obliged by spilling the ball and allowing Liam Wallace to touchdown. Bower kicked the conversion and the home boys were in front by 7 points to 3. Scunthorpe still held the ascendant in the tight and alongwith strong defence, denied the Tigers until the pace of fullback Pete Swatkins, in the 37th minute brought a try wide on the right. Johnson missed an opportunity to reduce the arrears after 30 minutes and so the scores remained until half-time. Scunthorpe would rue the missed opportunities when the younger Dyson was stopped a metre short of the line and the recycled ball was poorly passed out to the right wing where Ash Dibden had an overlap.

The Greens again made the better start to the second period and following turnover at a scrummage the ball went through multiple phases before Si Weller was on hand to take a pass from an Ollie Cole burst to touchdown. Johnson converted and the scoreline was 12 points to 10 in favour of the home team. The momentum however was all with Scunthorpe as they continued to press the home line. Once again going through many phases, they only needed a final pass to score but the ball was intercepted and home left winger Henri Packard ran the length of the field to score. With the conversion that followed, the Tigers had suddenly opened a 19 points to 10 lead. Scunthorpe never recovered from this setback and although they still had their attacking moments and another try disallowed when James Dyson again crossed the line, this time for an alleged knock-on, The game had effectively slipped away. Loosing Steve Johnson to the bin with 8 minutes remaining, only made matters worse.

The Tigers went on to add further tries through Francis Tufail-Smith and replacement Dan Kelly with a Swatkins try right at the death putting a cruel gloss on the final score.

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Match date

Sat 10, Sep 2016




National League 2 North

League position

Sheffield Tigers