Rotherham Titans end on a high against Sheffield Tigers as Colin Quigley says farewell

Rotherham Titans end on a high against Sheffield Tigers as Colin Quigley says farewell

By David Beddows | 07/05/2022

Rotherham Titans end on a high against Sheffield Tigers as Colin Quigley says farewell
All smiles ... Colin Quigley is mobbed by team-mates after slotting the late penalty in his final game. Picture by DAVE POUCHER

ROTHERHAM Titans signed off their season with a comfortable win over neighbours Sheffield Tigers as Colin Quigley and Harry Dunne starred.

Dunne scored a try hat-trick in a 36-17 victory while prop Quigley, playing his last game at the age of 40, took to the pitch at the start to a guard of honour and kicked Titans' last points of the game.

In between times Dunne's opening two tries, both converted by Lloyd Hayes, saw Rotherham end a scrappy first half 14-3 up in front of a crowd approaching 600, the biggest of the season at Clifton Lane.

Further scores from George Tucker, Dunne's hat-trick effort and a fifth try, from Lewis Taylor, helped pull them 28 points clear before Tigers went over for two converted consolation tries.

Quigley brought the curtain down on his career by winning and kicking a scrum penalty kick at the death to big cheers from the home supporters.

"It was a lovely way to finish off my playing days here," said "Quigs". "This is an amazing club."

Rotherham finish third in National Two North, with a perfect 15-wins-from-15 home record, behind champions Hull and runners-up Sedgley Park.

Head coach Adam Byron said: "We had a slow start today and we have to put our hands up and say our set piece wasn't functioning, but once we got the ball in open play we managed to get over for a few scores.

"It's been a long, hard slog of a season. We haven't won promotion but I think the lessons we have learned will stand us in good stead."

The match kicked off earlier to accommodate Rotherham Town's cricket game against Oughtibridge, which followed straight after.

Town won by five wickets to register their first win of the season in the Yorkshire Southern Premier League Division One.