Club Rugby: Wharfedale sunk by Tigers’ second-half turnaround

Wharfedale's Kieran Frost opened the scoring against Sheffield Tigers. PIC: Tony Johnson
Wharfedale's Kieran Frost opened the scoring against Sheffield Tigers. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Henri Packard and Jamie Broadley starred as Sheffield Tigers turned around a 25-point deficit to win 53-33 at Wharfedale in National Two North on Saturday.

Winger Packard crossed early on to open the scoring but Wharfedale took control to hold a 26-8 advantage at the break – Kieran Frost opening the tryscoring – extending it to 33-8 just after half-time. But Tigers chalked up seven unanswered tries after the break, centre Broadley scoring and Mark Ireland converting before Greg Mellor’s converted score reduced the gap further.

Two tries in quick succession from Packard saw him complete the hat-trick and put Tigers 34-33 to the good and they were not done there, Broadley grabbing his second minutes later. Packard then crossed for the fourth time to put the visitors in control before Broadley secured his hat-trick in the final minutes to wrap up the visitors fifth straight league victory.

Battling Harrogate were 13-10 ahead at half-time, but they lost out 32-16 to North Premier leaders Preston Grasshoppers.

An early try from No8 Jonny Coser was converted by Luke White who also kicked three penalties.

Elsewhere Hull beat Yorkshire rivals Ilkley 31-25, while Sandal were just edged out 34-30 at home against Kendal, but salvaged two bonus points from the match.

Morley were beaten 19-12 at home by Rossendale, while Pocklington suffered a 66-0 defeat at Lymm.

West Leeds beat North One East leaders Penrith 37-5, running in five tries in an emphatic victory.

Full-back Sean Quaid scored twice, while winger Danny Booth, captain and centre Sam Neave and prop Dwayne Smith also touched down. Dale Breakwell kicked three conversions and two penalties to complete the win.

Driffield got the better of Yorkshire rivals Malton and Norton, running out 25-22 victors in a close match which saw both sides score four tries, while Cleckheaton beat Huddersfield YMCA 31-13 in the day’s other derby match.