Bowman pops up at the perfect moment
SHEFFIELD left it late but Lewis Bowman’s try in the dying seconds earned them only their second win of the campaign at home to Leicester Lions.
On a good day for sides at the bottom, Sheffield were able to add to October’s success over Blaydon with another victory, but they were made to work very hard in this encounter.
The win keeps them ahead of Wharfedale in the table, despite the Yorkshire side also winning on Saturday.
In the first half it was the defences who were very much on top, with neither side able to break the deadlock.
Sheffield even survived ten minutes without scrum-half Stephen Depledge, sent to the sinbin midway through the half for a technical infringement.
Leicester Lions finally
opened the scoring on 50 minutes, with winger James Wise crossing, and Jonathan Boden converting to make it 7-0.
That lead lasted 12 minutes, with Sheffield hitting back with a try of their own from full-back Fergus Wood. After his earlier spell in the bin, Depledge stepped up to slot the extras.
And then just as it looked like Sheffield would have to settle for a draw, replacement Bowman popped up to win it for the home side.
Depledge added the extras for good measure to wrap a great day for Sheffield.