Aley is live and kick­ing in Le­ices­ter vic­tory

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - ■ By HOLLY HUME

TWO yel­low cards were not enough to stop South Le­ices­ter from claim­ing vic­tory over Sh­effield.

Rickie Aley slot­ted two early penal­ties for the hosts, while Sh­effield were awarded a penalty try, af­ter a fierce maul from South’s five-me­tre line. But the speed of Myles Bean caused chaos for Sh­effield, with the back cross­ing af­ter a heroic sprint from half­way, con­verted by Aley.

Min­utes later, Corey Venus dot­ted down in the cor­ner, but Aley missed the ex­tras from the tee. Sh­effield came back with re­newed vigour af­ter half­time, and got them­selves a try from Con­nor Mitchell com­ing out the back of a 10me­tre scrum af­ter a yel­low for Wil­liam Ward, con­verted by An­drew Hodg­son.

Aley added an­other penalty, be­fore the hosts moved fur­ther ahead through a con­verted try

from Adam Shaw, who fin­ished af­ter im­pres­sive build-up play from Thomas Har­ris, Joshua McLau­rin and Aley.

But a spir­ited Sh­effield came back once more, James Pear­son crash­ing over a col­lapsed scrum from Ward, but Hodg­son missed the ex­tras. Shaw sold a tremen­dous dummy to cross for his sec­ond try.

Sh­effield, how­ever, kept plug­ging away right up un­til the death and were re­warded with an­other try through Daniel Ry­lance, which was con­ver­sion by Hodg­son, as the whis­tle moved onto 80 min­utes to con­clude a riv­et­ing clash.

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