Ti­tans halted as ram­pant Broadley steals show for Tigers

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

AN IM­PRES­SIVE run of form came to halt for Rother­ham Ti­tans in Na­tional One af­ter fall­ing 22-8 to pro­mo­tion ri­vals Ampthill.

The Bed­ford­shire side hailed the win as their best of the sea­son, but the Ti­tans bat­tled well and were un­lucky not to take some­thing from the game.

Cen­tre El­lis Abra­hams’s penalty on 33 min­utes was their only score of a first half which ended 7-3, and de­spite play­ing up­hill af­ter the break Rother­ham took the lead with cen­tre Jamie Cooke touch­ing down out wide on 42 min­utes.

The two sides re­mained matched un­til the fi­nal 17 min­utes, with Ampthill scor­ing two tries, a con­ver­sion and penalty to seal the win.

Hull Io­ni­ans stretched their lead in Na­tional Two North af­ter they beat Hud­der­s­field 20-15 in a clash of the top two.

Hud­der­s­field started brightly and went in front af­ter 15 min­utes, but it was the Io­ni­ans pack that made the im­pact with all three of their tries com­ing from the for­wards, Ed Falk­ing­ham with the last to see them over the line.

De­spite four sec­ond-half tries and five in to­tal from Leicester Lions, Wharfedale took home the spoils as they moved up to sixth with a 34-30 home win.

The first half was dom­i­nated by fly-half Jack Blak­eney-Ed­wards with all 13 points, and the York­shire side made an equally quick start to the sec­ond, run­ning over the line twice through Philip Wood­head and Rhys Love­grove.

Three tries brought Leicester back to within two points, but the hosts were awarded a penalty try nine min­utes be­fore time to seal the win.

Sh­effield Tigers had a day to re­mem­ber as they ran in eight tries to record a 54-7 vic­tory over strug­glers Mac­cles­field.

Four tries be­fore the half ended helped Tigers race into a 28-0 lead at the end of the first half. The sec­ond half was much the same but it would be the hosts’ out­side cen­tre Jamie Broadley that stole the show, adding three more tries to his one from the first half.

Else­where, Ot­ley crossed the line four times to se­cure a bonus point 28-10 win over Peter­bor­ough.

Lead­ers Hull main­tained their re­cent good form with a de­served 23-8 win at York­shire ri­vals Ilk­ley in the North

Premier league. The vis­i­tors crossed the line three times and the de­fence – which has con­ceded the fewest points in the league – were at their ruth­less best to hold their op­po­nents to reg­is­ter­ing sin­gle fig­ures.

Vale of Lune and Har­ro­gate bat­tled out the game of the day, with the York­shire side se­cur­ing a 45-38 win in a 12-try thriller in Lan­cashire.

San­dal nar­rowly missed out on vic­tory and a top four spot as their trip to Kirkby Lons­dale ended with a 19-18 de­feat. It’s close at the top of the

North One East ta­ble with four teams level on 33 points.

York dropped to sec­ond place as they were beaten 34-24 at Hud­der­s­field YMCA who move up to third, while Scar­bor­ough also lost, 42-26 at home against Driffield, as they drop to fourth in the stand­ings.

Else­where, Mal­ton and Nor­ton se­cured a much-needed 33-29 win over Mor­ley, while West Leeds went down 34-9 to new lead­ers Mor­peth.

Brad­ford and Bin­g­ley ran in five tries on their way to a com­fort­able 54-22 win over Con­sett, and Cleck­heaton were nar­row 20-17 win­ners over Pock­ling­ton.

Lead­ers Old Cross­leyans were de­served 26-5 win­ners at ri­vals Old Rish­wor­thi­ans in York­shire

One, while sec­ond-placed Moor­town kept pace with them fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive 48-15 win over Mid­dles­brough.

Heath’s 31-19 win at Guis­bor­ough leaves them in third po­si­tion and just four points away from top spot, while Old Brodleians were also able to keep pace with the top sides af­ter a 4027 win over Selby moved them up to fourt in the stand­ings.

PIC­TURE: GARY LONGBOTTOM.

OVER THE LINE: Philip Wood­head scored an early sec­ond-half try for Wharfedale in their win at Leicester Lions.

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