Swinton Lions 24-28 Sheffield Eagles


Sheffield Eagles stopped the rot of five consecutive defeats in all competitions by beating Swinton Lions 28-24 at Heywood Road. The Eagles were 28-6 up in the final quarter but Swinton then notched three tries on the spin to set up a nervy finish, however the visitors came out victorious.

Swinton got the first try of the game after 11 minutes through winger Mike Butt but Chris Atkin was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt. After that, the Eagles called upon their two Papua New Guinea outside backs to get them up and running on the scoreboard. Menzie Yere and Garry Lo bagged a try apiece as the Eagles hit the front and they would not fall behind for the rest of the contest. Simon Brown also kicked a penalty for Sheffield. Jack Murphy cut the deficit to just two points before the break as he crossed the whitewash. Atkin was off target once again.

In the second half, a quick double-salvo courtesy of Matt James and Elliot Minchella gave Sheffield a rather comfortable cushion which was furthered thanks to conversions from Brown. Sam Scott also got on the scoresheet for the South Yorkshire side, who looked to have wrapped up the game in fine fashion until Swinton hit back and made sure that the final moments of the match were going to be tense. Sean Kenny, Anthony Bate – who had been sin-binned earlier on in the contest – and Chris Hankinson all touched down but the Lions couldn’t find the equalising score as Sheffield returned home with two competition points.

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back100000
2Shaun RobinsonWing000000
3Chris HankinsonCentre100000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half020000
11Connor DwyerSecond Row000000
13Andy ThornleyCentre000000
14Ben WhiteStand Off000000
15Andy Bracek 18Prop000000
16Anthony Bate 19Loose Forward100100
17Oliver DaviesSecond Row000000
18Ben Austin 15Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 16Interchange000000
20Sean Kenny 9Interchange100000
21Mike ButtWing100000
24Adam Jones 8Interchange000000
8Rob Lever 24Prop000000
9Anthony Nicholson 20Hooker000000
 Total 520100

Sheffield Eagles

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
Greg Burns 9Interchange000000
Duane Straugheir 16Second Row000000
Reece DeanFull Back000000
2Garry LoWing100000
3Menzie YereCentre100000
4Perry Whiteley 26Interchange000000
5Ben BlackmoreWing000000
6Simon BrownStand Off040001
8Scott WheeldonProp000000
9Matty Fozard Hooker000000
10Mark MexicoProp000000
11Matt JamesSecond Row100000
13Elliot MinchellaScrum Half100000
15Kyle Trout 19Interchange000000
16Sam Scott Interchange100000
19Will Hope 15Second Row000000
26Jake Spedding 4Centre000000
 Total 540001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 26, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions81624
Sheffield Eagles101828

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