Huddersfield RUFC closed their pre-season preparations in perfect fashion as they notched a 22-5 win at Dudley Kingswinford in their final friendly.
On Saturday they start their National III North season at home to Billingham and they will be buoyed by bagging a big scalp in Dudley, who are in the league above.
First-team manager Lee Paxman said: “After a long pre-season it was great to finish off with a win at Dudley.
“It was a great performance and a professional display from the team, but it was a scrappy game.
“But the result will give the players more confidence as we head into the Billingham game. We still have lots to work on around the ruck area and that detail will follow during this week.
“And it was a great performance by Edward Birkhead, in particular, who did a massive job for us up front.”
Huddersfield dominated possession and territory throughout the game with both backs and forwards looking well-drilled.
Huddersfield got points on the board with hooker Ben Morrell going over the line two minutes into the game, but Dudley replied with a try of their own to level the scores before half-time.
In the second half fly half Tom Hodson put Huddersfield back in front with a penalty before they scored a second try set up by Morrell, who was stopped short of the line but managed to find winger Luke Booth who scored the try.
Huddersfield’s final try came from Morrell with a simple drive from short distance, putting himself over the line.