ST JOSEPH’S fears of relegation from the Premier Division have grown after their 17-8 defeat at Crigglestone All Blacks.
They are now one of three teams locked on eight points at the foot of the table, with Joe’s third bottom by virtue of boasting a far better points difference.
The visitors led 4-0 at the break, thanks to a try from Lee St Hilaire and top defence from Sam Coyne and Jordan Williams.
The All Blacks started the second half strongly with two converted tries before Joe’s hit back with a try from Joe Flaherty to make it 12-8.
But despite man-of-the-match and captain Graham Hyland leading the team well and Craig Lee coming close to scoring, the home side increased their lead with a unconverted try and then wrapped up the scoring with a drop goal.
There was also a disappointing defeat for Meltham All Blacks where a missed conversion and penalty were to prove the difference as they went down 12-10 at home to Queensbury in Division V.
Both teams scored a try in each half but it was the conversion of both of theirs that gave Queensbury the win.
Matthew Carter opened the scoring for Meltham with a jinking run that beat several Queensbury players to touch down in the corner.
The contest proved just as tight in the second half, with both teams attacking and defending with equal vigour.
Man-of-the-match Paul Smith was to unlock Queensbury’s solid defence with a chip through that Jordan Pedelty manage to latch onto and score by the posts for Rob Lewis to convert.