Sheffield Tigers 14-36 Foresters

Parkinson Brothers Ask Too Many Questions Of Tigers’ Defence

With the names of Jonathan Davies and Ben Wade on the team sheets, supporters could have been forgiven for thinking they had been transported back to the late 90s. However, the two veterans had been called up for the Foresters and Sheffield Tigers, respectively, due to a number of late cry-offs for both sides.

The Greens’ improvised back line included hooker Jake Parkinson lining up in the centre. As at Doncaster Phoenix two weeks previously, he adapted tremendously and was on hand to finish off the first two Foresters’ tries. Wharfedale had dominated much of the first quarter but, with Davies pulling an early penalty kick wide, they had nothing to show for it. Controlled attacks and astute kicking, particularly from centre Simpson, maintained the pressure and a break from a line-out led to the opening score. This was quickly followed by a flowing move, with Ben Parkinson opening up the Tigers’ defensive line before passing to his brother to stroll in for his second. Davies slotted the extras for a 14-0 lead. Ben Parkinson then turned from provider to finisher to extend the lead shortly before half-time.

The second half was a scrappier affair. Sheffield’s tackling remained robust and several promising positions were not capitalised upon. Fresh legs were introduced and substitute Matt Wareing broke the deadlock for a converted try. Sheffield scored two tries as a result of Wharfedale errors. The first from a mistake at a line-out, which eventually saw Ben Wade burrow over from the base of a ruck; the second from an interception, when a completed pass would have seen the Foresters clean through. In between these, Davies benefited from his opponent having no knowledge of his devotion to the “show-and-go” to dummy his way over from close range. Sam Stockdale, who was lively at scrum-half all afternoon, finished off good interplay from forwards and backs alike to complete the scoring.

In the end it was a comfortable win, which was very pleasing, especially given the extent of withdrawals from the originally selected squad. The back row of Sam Smith, Tom Whyte and man of the match, Ollie Snowdon, was particularly impressive but all the players can take great credit from their performance.

Team: –

1. George Altham
2. Jake Starkey
3. Tom Jackson
4. Rhys Davies
5. Adam Stockton
6. Sam Smith jnr
7. Oliver Snowdon
8. Tom Whyte (c)
9. Sam Stockdale – 1T
10. Jonathan Davies – 1T,3C
11. Sam Mason
12. Mark Simpson
13. Jake Parkinson – 2T
14. Scott Rogers
15. Ben Parkinson – 1T

16. Tom Carlisle
17. Matt Wareing – 1T

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