Sheffield Oaks suffered a late defeat for the third game in a row on the trip to Leeds Corinthians.
The temperature was bone chilling, the ground sodden and the heavens well and truly open at kick off all combining for an extremely scrappy match. Oaks were slowest to start as they went 3-0 down within the first two minutes, but were 6-3 up soon after thanks to the boot of Joseph Henson.
A wet ball and a driving wind made territory difficult to control and both teams were struggling to win line outs and carve out clear cut chances. The first try came to Corinthians from a series of tap penalties to make the half time score 8-6.
The tension was growing, and wind assistance gave Oaks a lot more territory in the second half. The lineout was struggling though, so their best chance of winning came from a penalty. This chance came with 15 to go when a long range effort from Callum Schofield agonisingly hitting the crossbar.
Corinthians crossed twice in the final 7 minutes meaning that Oaks missed out on a losing bonus point on the last play – the final score an unflattering 20-6. Debuts were given to Giovanni Petrucci and Jonny Smith.
The first team are at home to York RI on Saturday 2:15pm kick off, while the 2s are away to Sheffield Medics Freshers with the earlier start of 11am.