Following a hard fought victory over Driffield at Abbeydale last week, the 2nd XV had the rare luxury of back-to-back home games, as they welcomed West Leeds to the club.
The result against Driffield would have done plenty to instil confidence and belief into a team that had made a turbulent start to the season.
Sheffield were not buoyed, however, by the loss of some key performers through unavailability and injury; having to call a number of fan favourites out of semi-retirement to bolster the squad. These included dynamic front row duo Dom Ramsden and Chris Stanney. Despite this, Sheffield fans would be excited by the prospect of Canadian import Jason Hignell making his first start for the club.
The game was to be eventful but ultimately not much in the way of a contest, as the Blue Boys cut loose in the early facets of the game and had already found their way to a 34-0 lead by the stroke of half time. Fairclough, Fisher, Chandler, Holland and new recruit Hignell all finding a way over the whitewash.
Some theatre was brought to proceedings by the forgetfulness of Fly-Half Ben Parker, who was kicking conversions with a sevens-style drop goal, as his kicking tee was sat on the counter top at home!
The second half continued in much the same vein, with Sheffield showing discipline to continue to work within a solid structure, but endeavour and expression in their play also. Miles Langdale the beneficiary of some sweeping play, running in four tries in an excellent personal performance.
Up front Weeratunga was a force to be reckoned with, seemingly everywhere around the park, putting in some crunching hits and carrying the ball with purpose in a Man of the Match display.
This was a game that didn’t particularly test Sheffield, but the discipline shown to not digress into a harum-scarum brand of rugby will have been seen as a real positive. With the team expressing themselves with real accuracy throughout.
Sheffield will feel full of confidence as they go on their travels next week to North Yorkshire and a perennially tough fixture with Wharfedale.
Good Luck Lads!