MELTHAM All Blacks suffered a 37-14 defeat at rejuvenated Stainland Stags in Division V of the Pennine League.
The home side took full advantage of winning the toss and opted to play down the hill, which helped them open up a 30-0 interval advantage.
The second half proved a complete contrast with Meltham scoring three tries of their own, while only allowing Stainland to score once.
Liam Waters scored his side’s first try, reacting to a loose ball 30m out from the tryline and then driving powerfully to the line before crashing over for his first try for the club.
Rob Lewis, who also converted, and Chris Stephenson scored the next two tries.
This second half performance showed the character of the Meltham team who refused to stop working for each other.
Jason Carter, alternating between centre and full back, was nominated as best back by Stainland and Chris Stephenson as best forward. Carter was also Meltham’s own man-of-the-match.