u16s: Tigers 10-20 Thorne

Sunday 6th November 2016

A perishing cold morning combined with sleet, rain and a biting wind - you'd expect nothing less at this time of the year at this club!

It was pressure from the off from Thorne, a physically bigger side (U17's) who were proving superior in the scrums and after 10 minutes of being camped in the Tigers half scored an unconverted try. 0-5.

A poor restart from he Tigers but capitalised from the kick with Tigers pushing into Thornes half for the first time. A penalty to Tigers, lost easily to the visitors gave back the advantage. It was full on from Thorne, but the U16's were magnificent in their defence and kept rebuffing the dominant team; defending time and again.

Surely Tigers couldn't keep this defending up? Yes they could. Half time 0-5. The best defending the combined Tupton Tigers have played.

Second half (is the sky getting brighter)?

5 minutes in and a penalty to Tigers; Great run from Luca, to Ted to Saul who powered over the line - the 3 big guns combining well. Try (unconverted) 5-5.

More pressure from Thorne up to the Tigers line. Yet again superb defending with Morgan booting the ball into touch at halfway. Straight back to Tigers, pressure building again and again rebuffed by the younger side.

The Tupton Tigers were well up for this now. Thorne reverting to the back foot with pressure now from Tigers, Thorne defending well. The game was eventually levelling out!

Tigers won (one of the few) scrums with a fantastic carry by Saul who worked the ball through the backs to Morgan who went over the line. No try.

5 yard scrum, pressure straight back on Thorne. Again Luca (who was on fire) running with the ball, passed to Ted who powered over the line. (Unconverted) Try given.10-5. Well deserved.

Play was tight now, with both sides attacking and defending, but Thorne pressured most and got the ball over the line. Try given. 10-10.

This was now a close game. Thorne's number 10 was finding his range and kicking in to the right places to put even more pressure on Tigers, ball over the line. No try.

Penalty to Tigers, cheeky play by Ted catching Thorne off guard, managed a 30 yard run before being dragged down.

Tigers now on the front foot were pressuring Thorne, but again Thornes number 10's penetrating kick, picked up by their backs and ran the ball over the line. Try. 10-15.

The game was even again with both teams attacking, defending, defending, attacking but Thorne edging ever closer to the tigers line. 

With 10 minutes to go on came Jamie and had an immediate impact in defence. Picking up big Thorne kicks, carrying and kicking into touch on more than one occasion. Again, superb defending but something had to give, and it did.

Thorne ran in other try. 10-20. Full Time.

Man of the match was given to Jamie, as voted for by the other players for the great work he did in the short time he was on the pitch.

A loss, but another great effort from the Tupton Tigers.

Play for Tigers

Become part of this up and coming side. Tigers u16s are a friendly, welcoming team on the lookout for new players. If you're aged 14 to 16 we would love to hear from you. If you join Tigers juniors, you will get a game.

To find out more call the club on 0114 236 0075, if we're not there please leave a message we will get back to you or you can email

Or, we train on Wednesday evenings at Dore Moor from 6pm - pitch up and have a go.

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