10:00am Thursday 10th October 2013
By Neil Bonnar
SEDGLEY Tigers are looking to build on a morale-boosting victory at Chester and make a push towards the promotion mix.
The Whitefield men produced their performance of the season so far to win 42-22 against a Chester side who had won four out of four going into the game.
Tigers showed an all-round quality, defending strongly when under pressure for lengthy periods and attacking with pace and penetration to rack up the points.
It took their record so far to three wins and two draws, leaving them seventh in National League Division Two North.
That is one place and two points above Saturday’s visitors to Park Lane, Leicester Lions, who have also begun the season with three wins and two draws.
And there is more good news on the way with captain Juan Crous due back from injury on Saturday followed soon after by longer-term injury victims Jamie Harrison, Phil Largan and Rob Holloway.
“It’s looking much better at the moment,” said team manager Geoff Roberts.
“John Bishop and Matt Lamprey got through Saturday’s game with their injuries and next week we will have Crous back.
“And we have two wingers who will not be long coming back, Jamie Harrison and then Phil Largan behind him.
“Then full-back Rob Holloway, who dislocated his thumb, will be just behind him.”
Roberts was full of praise for his side’s performance at Chester where their tries were scored by Richard Wainwright, Jonny Matthews, Steve Collins, Chris Parrott, and Mike Waywell.
“It was a dream start,” said Roberts. “We scored after 40 seconds, the fastest try I can remember.
“We were dominant possession-wise in the first half, then it swung in their favour.
“We seemed to get on the wrong side of the referee and had a lot of penalties against us in the second half.
“It was nip and tuck until midway through the second half when we pulled away.
“It was funny because they are renowned for being very fit, but it was us who got stronger.
“Our forward display was brilliant. We defended their driving mauls very well.
“They scored two soft tries from our missed tackles.
“It was a super performance and a great game of rugby to watch if you were a neutral, very exciting, quick and played at a high tempo all the time.
“You could see how they have done well because they are a very good outfit but we were switched on and defended very well.”
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