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Rotherham narrowly missed out on victory against Leeds Tykes as their unbeaten start to the 2023/24 campaign came to a tragic end.

It was a huge fixture for Rotherham Titans as they travelled to the Sycamores to face league leaders Leeds Tykes, and we had the pleasure of being there for this thrilling encounter! 

In what seemed to be the perfect start for the Titans, Rotherham winger Dan Rundle broke through the defence of Leeds to dot down in the centre, but this was soon wiped off after an offside was called in the build-up.

Leeds then made the first breakthrough just after the 30-minute point, scoring comfortably in front of the posts. Rotherham’s game became even harder just before halftime as they went down to 14 men with Gareth Denman sent to the stands for an offence in the breakdown. Leeds managed to take advantage of the Titans sin bin situation, scoring for a second time two minutes into first-half stoppage time. The Tykes went into the half 14-0 up and seemingly in cruise control.

The Titans, however, came out stronger after halftime as they quickly looked to reduce their 2-try deficit. Roth were quickly on the scoreboard thanks to Lloyd Hayes’s double penalty – it’s clear to see why this man is top point scorer in the league! Shortly after, John Okafor got over the line to close the gap and make the score 14-13 to the Titans. 

With the points flowing, the fate of the game seemed to be going in Rotherham’s favour. Fortune, however, favours the brave! Leeds Tykes scored two tries (one converted) before the Titans got a consoliation try at the death, with Hayes once again kicking between the sticks. In what was a sunny but bitterly cold afternoon at the Sycamores, it ended Leeds Tykes 26-20 Rotherham Titans.

Rotherham are back at Clifton Lane this weekend to face local rivals Sheffield Tigers on Saturday, with kick-off at 2:30pm.

Elsewhere last weekend, Scimitar had three teams in action in the Indigo Welsh Premiership. At Sardis Road, Pontypridd welcomed a struggling Carmarthen Quins side. Ponty were quickly awarded an advantage when Quins Archie Hughes received a yellow card. Ponty made the most of the disadvantage with Curtis Greenslade jumping across the line from short range. Stepping up in the 17th minute, Josh Phillips showcased his fine kicking as he extended Ponty’s lead from a long-distance penalty.

As the second half commenced Ponty’s Phillips returned to the field in fine form as he kicked another long-range penalty. Despite the lead, the Quinns managed to score the first try of the second half to close the gap. It was however too little too late for the away side as the game ended 29-20 in Ponty’s favour thanks to a total of 19 points from the feet of Josh Phillips.

Ebbw Vale made sure to keep the pressure on league leaders Llandovery last weekend as they secured another win in the Welsh Premiership against Swansea. Ebbw Vale, who currently sit in second place in the table, dominantly won against Swansea; in fact limiting the opposition to scoring just 7 points against the Steelmen. 

Tries from Curtis Gregory and Rhys Francis gave Vale a strong start, before Swansea managed to open up their points account for the day just before the halftime whistle to keep their hopes alive.Unfortunately for Swansea, it was more of the same from the Steelmen in the second half thanks to tries from Harry Drane and Jon Evans. With victory secured, Ebbw Vale came out 36-7 victors.

Lastly in wales and we’re over to Church Bank for Llandovery against Newport. The Drovers got off the mark quickly as they quickly extended their lead to 12 points. Newport, however, were quick to bounce back as they scored to reduce the deficit before halftime.

The Drovers came out strong yet again after half-time, quickly extending their lead to 29-7 and ending the scoring for the day as the game finished with another Llandovery win and a healthy lead at the peak of the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership.

It was a rest week for the majoprity of amateur men’s teams this week, so we take this opportunity to head over to the Women’s Championship North 1 league as Worcester Women welcomed Bishop Auckland Ladies. 

It was a hard-fought, close game Worcester edging out their opposition 17-15. It turned out to be a huge win for Worcester, pushing them up to 7th in the league and jumping ahead of Buckingham Swans Ladies. Only two points separate Worcester in seventh and Barnsley in fifth ahead of next week’s fixture against Novocastrians Ladies.

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