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DK hopes shattered at Sheffield

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Gareth Bown finds his way blocked

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DK travelled to fellow strugglers Sheffield Tigers with a slight degree of optimism. However, it was not long before any thoughts of a first victory of the season were dispelled in a game riddled with errors from both teams.

DK made a bright enough start but Tigers managed to relieve this early pressure and in the 11th minute opened their account. Following a line out, their forwards recycled the ball well and Nicholas Thomson crossed for the try, which was converted.

In the 23rd minute DK were penalised for not releasing and the home side kicked deep into Dudley territory and from the line out they scored an identical try to the first. Peter Swatkins scored, Thomas Outram added the additional points.

Dudley then enjoyed 15 minutes of possession only to spurn two promising opportunities by knocking on, and just before half time were dealt two telling blows. Al Francis injured a hand and was replaced by Richard Hickman and Jon Tideswell received a yellow card for persistent infringements.

Tigers immediately took advantage with a try following a catch and drive at a line out. This time there was no conversion.

From the kick off, DK won possession and flanker Matt Squires broke deep into the home side's territory and won a penalty when the Tigers defender was penalised for not releasing.

Gareth Bown opened Dudley's account with three points:

Tigers 19 - Dudley K 3

However, straight from the restart Nick Thomson waltzed through the DK defence to score his second try.

Tigers began to dominate the set pieces, especially the scrums and DK began to tire. The quality of play began to deteriorate and the situation was not helped by some indifferent refereeing.

It took 26 minutes for the home side to increase their lead when second row Joshua Redfern crossed for his second try.

Fresh legs following three DK changes did nothing to help the cause and Tigers capitalised on some poor tackling and crossed for a further two tries, both converted.

DK did grab a consolation try in injury time from yet another error.

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