TRY-SCORING sensation Morgan Passman claimed his fifth hat-trick of the season on Saturday to help Tynedale to an emphatic win over Sheffield Tigers.

The victory was Tynedale’s 250th home win since the leagues started in September 1987. 250 wins from 353 home games is a win ratio of 71 per cent.

Passman’s treble took the 19-year-old England U18s winger’s tally for the season to 31 - the highest in National League Division Two North - and incredibly, the touchdowns have come in just 19 games.

But it was far from being a one-man show, as there were glittering performances all over the field, as Tynedale shook off the disappointment of losing their long unbeaten record in their last home match against Huddersfield.

Centre Will Miller was outstanding in the first half, putting in some big tackles as well as scoring a try, while lock Chris Wearmouth also got through a mountain of work in attack and defence, as did number eight Ben Bell.

Charlie Richards impressed when he came on in the back row at half time, and there were impressive runs throughout the afternoon from full back Rob Parker.

The Tigers hover just one place above the drop zone, but they were no pushovers, and made a decent game of it. They were perhaps unlucky not to snatch a losing bonus point from a wholehearted display

That being said, they were something of an anonymous outfit with their tiger-stripe jerseys making the numbers on their backs completely illegible, even from close range.

On a near perfect day for rugby, Tynedale started like an express train, and were 14-0 up inside seven minutes.

A mazy run from winger Guy Pike took play to the Tigers 22, and good driving play ended with a well deserved try for flanker Ed Cawthorn with just three minutes gone.

Parker converted, and four minutes later, he was lining up another conversion attempt after Miller forced his way over when Tynedale stole possession on the edge of the 22. Parker’s banana kick conversion took the score to 14-0.

The Yorkshire side rallied well, and put Tynedale under some pressure, but they defended well, and on 29 minutes, skipper Matty Outson produced a delightful kick out wide where Passman gathered the ball, dropped a shoulder to bamboozle a defender, and strolled in unchallenged to make it 19-0.

Parker’s conversion attempt hardly left the ground, to his rueful embarrassment, and the next score belonged to the Tigers, as they drove over from a line-out, impressive prop Toby Williams getting the touchdown on 38 minutes , Fly half Mark Ireland converted to make it 19-7 at the break.

A good scrum five minutes into the second half saw the ball go out to the left wing, where Passman swatted away a tackler with a firm hand off, and dived in under the sticks for the bonus point try, converted by Parker.

And on 55 minutes, Passman was over again following some good handling, and Tynedale were 31-7 to the good.

The Tigers came roaring back on 61 minutes, with some powerful running and quick handling bringing a try for centre Jamie Broadley, converted by Ireland.

The Tynedale scrum was coming under pressure, but from a retreating scrum, Outson produced another well judged kick, and there was centre Liam Checksfield twisting over for a great try to take the score to 36-14.

A good run by scrum half Cam Kelemeti should have brought another try, but the last word went to the Tigers, as Broadley grabbed his second try in the dying minutes,

The Tigers went all out for a fourth bonus point try in the time left, but Tynedale held out for maximum points.

Tynedale have their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday when Wharfedale are the visitors for a game kicking off at 3pm.