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1st XV - Match centre

Sheffield Tigers
Hull Ionians
G Mellor, H Packard
Tries
L Minikin, B Bell
M Ireland, M Ireland
Conversions
L Minikin (2)
Penalties
L Minikin
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Sheffield Tigers 14 v 17 Hull Ionians

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Hurricane Hannah blows in to ruin the day.

Dore Moor. A dark and foreboding place, a place of myths and legend and a popular pub.
Strong winds whipped across the high grounds, bringing squalling rain to soak the faithful gathered to witness the rituals and tribal combat set to take place on the battlefield before them.
Huddled together to ward off the worst of Hurricane Hannah, supporters waited in anticipation because it was I’s versus Tigers, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of their rival and the last time they met it was incredibly tight, so battle on, it’s I’s versus Tigers.
Who would be the victor and who the vanquished? Would it be the brilliance of Broadley or the magnificence of Minikin that would settle the encounter? Could the Tigers pack overcome the formidable forwards of the league Champions? By the end few, if any, amongst the assembled throng cared. They had endured an error strewn contest lacking any real zeal or significance, played out to bring to an end a season of contrasting fortunes; little enough between the sides to suggest one will prosper in the higher league and one should have struggled to remain in N2.
Tigers first useful attack, initiated by a break from Jamie Broadley, should have led to the opening try but Ionians scrambled across to drag down Hart just shy of the line and solid defence permitted Ionians to clear.
Ionians then gave Broadley a second chance; gathering a loose ball on half way he cut through the first line of defence before offloading to support. He continued to follow the flow of the ball and popped up to take a pass and move to ball onto Greg Mellor to dive over. Mark Ireland converted to give the hosts a 7 – 0 lead.
Ionians responded with scrum ball moved smartly to Lewis Minikin. Not one to be overshadowed, Minikin danced past his marker and showed commendable power and determination to drag several defenders over the line to score. His conversion tied the scores.
A penalty on the half hour by Minikin put Ionians narrowly in front and a piece of enterprise from Minikin and Steve Slingsby should have extended the lead, but the unpredictability of a bouncing ball allowed Tigers fullback, Joe Duffy, to get across and clear the danger.
A good deal of grunt and grapple ensued to no great effect and the half closed with Kain shown a yellow card for an inexcusable challenge on Bunting and Ionians maintaining a tenuous three-point lead.
The second period started in a similar vein to the first, endeavour and error matched in equal measure until Broadley intervened once again. A powerful burst up the wing took him past two defenders and as the cover came across an impeccably timed pass put Henri Packard over in the corner. Ireland judged his conversion effort perfectly and Sheffield re-took the lead, 14 – 10.
The Ionians pack began to assert some authority and a regular supply of possession put them close to the Tigers line and the forwards drove over for Bell to claim his 12th try of the campaign. Minikin goaled to put Ionians in front, 14 – 17, with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Sheffield dominated the closing stages and worked the ball up to within 5m of the Ionians line. That was as close as they came with the well marshalled Ionians defence, with James Sanderson continuing with his tackling masterclass, able to keep the Tigers at bay until Ed Falkingham turned the ball over allowing Trueman to launch the ball into the carpark and allow everyone to seek the sanctuary of the clubhouse.

Mark Wigham

Player of the Match

Mark Wigham

Key moments

8:00
Conversion Mark Ireland kicks a conversion for Sheffield Tigers
8:00
Try Greg Mellor scores for Sheffield Tigers
14:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
14:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
31:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
58:00
Try Henri Packard scores for Sheffield Tigers
58:00
Conversion Mark Ireland kicks a conversion for Sheffield Tigers
73:00
Try Benjamin Bell scores for Hull Ionians
73:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mark Wigham is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub Off
Mark Wigham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub On
Ally Forth is substituted on for Hull Ionians
77:00 Sub On
Ed Simmons is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
77:00 Sub Off
Tobias Williams is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
73:00 Conversion 14 - 17
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
73:00 Try 14 - 15
Benjamin Bell scores for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub On
Rob Davidson is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
70:00 Sub Off
Joe Duffy is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
58:00 Conversion 9 - 10
Mark Ireland kicks a conversion for Sheffield Tigers
58:00 Try 14 - 10
Henri Packard scores for Sheffield Tigers
58:00 Sub Off
Ed Simmons is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
58:00 Sub On
Will Bennett is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
56:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
56:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
49:00 Sub Off
James Newman is substituted off for Hull Ionians
49:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
49:00 Sub On
Edward Falkingham is substituted on for Hull Ionians
49:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
48:00 Sub Off
Rix Kain is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
48:00 Sub On
William Wallace is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
48:00 Sub Off
Alan Symcox is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
48:00 Sub On
Lee Orton is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
48:00 Sub Off
Alan Symcox is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
40:00 Sub On
Duell Trueman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
40:00 Sub Off
Morgan Bunting is substituted off for Hull Ionians
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Rix Kain is yellow carded for Sheffield Tigers
31:00 Penalty 7 - 10
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
14:00 Conversion 7 - 2
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
14:00 Try 7 - 7
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Greg Mellor scores for Sheffield Tigers
8:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Mark Ireland kicks a conversion for Sheffield Tigers
5:00 Sub On
Louis Townsend is substituted on for Sheffield Tigers
5:00 Sub Off
Sam Johnson is substituted off for Sheffield Tigers
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sheffield Tigers
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Sam Johnson Sub Off 5:00'
  • Louis Townsend Sub On 5:00'
  • Greg Mellor Try 8:00'
  • Mark Ireland Conversion 8:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 14:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 14:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 31:00'
  • Rix Kain Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Morgan Bunting Sub Off 40:00'
  • Duell Trueman Sub On 40:00'
  • Rix Kain Sub Off 48:00'
  • Alan Symcox Sub Off 48:00'
  • William Wallace Sub On 48:00'
  • Alan Symcox Sub Off 48:00'
  • Lee Orton Sub On 48:00'
  • James Newman Sub Off 49:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 49:00'
  • Edward Falkingham Sub On 49:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 49:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 56:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 56:00'
  • Will Bennett Sub On 58:00'
  • Henri Packard Try 58:00'
  • Mark Ireland Conversion 58:00'
  • Ed Simmons Sub Off 58:00'
  • Rob Davidson Sub On 70:00'
  • Joe Duffy Sub Off 70:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 73:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Try 73:00'
  • Tobias Williams Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ed Simmons Sub On 77:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 78:00'
  • Mark Wigham Sub Off 78:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ally Forth Sub On 78:00'

Team selection

Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Turagabeci, Jerry Turagabeci, Jerry
Bunting, Morgan Bunting, Morgan
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Newman, James Newman, James
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Sheffield Tigers
  • 1. Tobias Williams
  • 2. Sam Johnson
  • 3. Ed Simmons
  • 4. Alan Symcox
  • 5. Asley Holland
  • 6. Rix Kain
  • 7. Matt Adcock
  • 8. Lewis Bloor
  • 9. Ryan Holmes
  • 10. Mark Ireland
  • 11. Henri Packard
  • 12. Tom Hart
  • 13. Jamie Broadley
  • 14. Greg Mellor
  • 15. Joe Duffy
  • 16. Louis Townsend
  • 17. Will Bennett
  • 18. Lee Orton
  • 19. William Wallace
  • 20. Rob Davidson

League round up

Other National 2 North results

Sedgley Park
22
17
Huddersfield
3
14
Fylde
Preston Grasshoppers
21
22
Macclesfield
24
10
Wharfedale
29
0

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 30 113
2. Chester 30 109
3. Sedgley Park 30 101
4. Huddersfield 30 98
5. Tynedale 30 96
6. Fylde 30 93
7. Preston Grasshoppers 30 90

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