SHEFFIELD TIGERS 10-27 HUDDERSFIELD - MATCH REPORT

Published: 2/10/2020


Huddersfield moved six points clear of the relegation zone after overcoming Sheffield Tigers 27-10 in South Yorkshire.

Field’s return to winning ways see’s their 2020 resurgence of form continue. This being the fourth win in six, now equals the number of wins obtained in the entire first half of the season.

The sunny conditions provided an awe-inspiring back drop of the Sheffield hills, but that was about as welcoming as the weather got. The Dore Moor ground was a bleak and blustery environment which meant Field would need to apply the pressure early on to get the cogs moving.

The visitors looked the hungriest of both sides in the opening ten minutes with more than a few positive phases of play going forward, but just needed a touch more inspiration in the final third.

That inspiration came from Josh Crickmay half an hour in. After Callum Thompson picked up an injury prior to the game, Crickmay stepped up to the starting XV despite struggling with illness himself- but his performance showed no signs of weakness.

The genesis of Crickmay’s first try was Charlie Morgan’s quick thinking a couple of phases of play earlier. Field found themselves pinned down in the middle of the park, only for Morgan to utilise the windy conditions by launching a twenty yard pass out to the flank to open up the space for an attack to form.

The following heavy bout of pressure in the final 5 metres saw Crickmay get over the line on the half an hour mark.

Field didn’t take their foot off the gas there. Despite being shut out by the Sheffield back line on two attempts to get over, Crickmay’s resilient play ensured he scored his second try on the half time whistle to put his side 12-3 up.

Field came out in search of blood in the second half, and 5 minutes after the whistle blew, their momentum saw them start to run away with the game.

From the line out, Dickie Piper’s team mates got behind him to ensure he was driven over with a maul too strong to handle for the Tigers. A try that epitomised the togetherness and the desire of the squad’s performance.

Field conceded in the final 10 minutes with a try from Lee Monks, but Field charged on until the final whistle. Jack Mapelsden responded by breaking free from the line and going over in the final minute to seal the victory at 27-10.

“That was the Huddersfield performance we have come to expect in recent seasons” Said Head Coach Gareth Lewis, “tough, uncompromising and doing the basics very well. We kept our discipline once again which is crucial and managed the elements to good effect”

“this is a valuable five points, but we must not take our attention away from the job in hand which is Tynedale at home next Saturday”.

by Ollie Mudd

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