Birstall put 72 past sorry Sheffield

Birstall put 72 past sorry Sheffield

BIRSTALL Victoria got their first win in five games against a depleted Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks side, with 11 Birstall players running in 13 tries, to run out 72-10 winners.

First-half tries started with centre Ryan Ginnelly going over after just five minutes, followed by another great score for Birstall through full-back Sam Thornton. However an error under the high ball saw Sheffield hit back on the quarter of an hour mark.

After the Sheffield try, the home team hit top gear and scored five tries in the space of 15 minutes. Braden Hunter, prop Richard Duffy, Chris Mortimer, Ashley Tomlinson and substitute Josh Speight all went over for Victoria.

The first-half scoring was completed by John Stainburn on the stroke of half-time, with the score reading 46-6 in favour of the home side.

Birstall started slow in the second half, and it was Sheffield who scored first after only five minutes of the second period.

Gaining confidence, the away team worked hard to defend their line, but after 25 second-half minutes the floodgates opened again.

Captain Matthew Smith (pictured) scored just after the hour mark and  a second full-length try from Thornton extended their lead.

Scrum-half Ryan Jackson crossed the line, as did Lee Birkett, who barged his way past the tired Hawks’ defence. The final try of the gamewas scored by Tomlinson who completed his brace and rounded off the Birstall rout.

Birstall Victoria’s next game is at White Lee against Oulton Raiders tomorrow (Sat, 2.30pm).

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