SEDGLEY Tigers notched up their 100th point in two games in a tightly-contested encounter at South Leicester on Saturday.

The Tigers scored 51 points for the second successive week to claim a 51-29 bonus point victory against the league's new boys to move a point clear at the top of National League Division Two North.

But the game was much closer at times than coach Geoff Roberts would have liked.

"It looks like a comfortable win but we were made to work quite hard for it," he said.

"It was probably a game that we would have lost last year but we always felt we had plenty in the tank.

"We kept calm when they did launch a fightback, held it together, got stuck in and were able to keep building on our score."

Despite the Tigers reaching a ton of points in two games, Roberts believes his side need to tighten up at the back after also conceding seven tries.

"We'll look at our defence a bit because you could argue that we have let a few too many points in but we are doing very well in attack so I'm pretty pleased with how we've started the season."

It took less than a minute for the Tigers to take the lead. Hooker Johnny Matthews burst through a number of tackles to score and Steve Collins converted.

The Tigers doubled their advantage on nine minutes when Matt Riley ran out wide and in for try number two. Collins again added the conversion.

The relentless pressure continued with Collins slotting home a penalty on 18 minutes.

South Leicester got their in first try on 20 minutes through full-back Jacob Heath.

But the Tigers soon asserted themselves further, forcing the home side into errors.

Matthews stole the ball, ran to the try line and scored Sedgley's third try on 24 minutes.

Back came South Leicester with their second try through tight-head prop David Peck with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

Collins kicked a penalty as the Tigers ended the first period with a 25-10 lead.

A rejuvenated South Leicester team put the Tigers under pressure early in the second half with centre Gareth Turner bursting through for flanker Will Evans to score between the posts on 52 minutes. Rickie Aley added the conversion.

Matt Riley made sure of the bonus point when he kicked and collected his own ball to score between the posts on 60 minutes. Collins converted.

Outside centre Mike Waywell scored a solo effort on 63 minutes and Collins again kicked the conversion.

South Leicester took advantage of Tigers' substitutions with two quick fire tries by winger Callum Gunn on 68 minutes and 70 minutes. Aley converted one.

Tigers stepped up their game with Ben Black going over on 72 minutes.

And Bob Birtwell set up Matt Lamprey to score the final try of the game with Collins kicking the conversion.

Roberts has been impressed with all of the Tigers' summer signings in their opening two games, which he believes adds much-needed depth to his squad, but singled out returning Matthews and Birtwell for particular praise.

"I'm pretty chuffed with all the signings that we've made.

"I feel we've got some strength in depth with good players across the board, which bodes well for when we pick up injuries.

"Bob has excelled considering he's come up two leagues. He's really found his feet very quickly.

"Johnny got two tries which only he could score.

"He's quick and powerful and just batters his way through. It's great to have him back."

The Tigers face their first real test of the campaign at home to last year's relegated National One side Tyndale on Saturday.

"They don't appear to be firing on all cylinders yet but you have to respect where they've come from and the games we've played against them in the past," said Roberts.

"They've always been a really tough team to beat so there is no way we'll be underestimating them."