IN-FORM St Joseph’s secured an excellent 42-6 Premier Division triumph at Clayton.
Despite missing a number of players through injury, Joe’s again produced some flowing rugby to score eight tries.
Winger Richard Aka opened the scoring with a long-range try and this was quickly followed by a brace from the outstanding Phil Drain.
Neil Barrett converted two of the tries, and the visitors were already in command at the break at 16-6.
And the visitors continued to dominate in the second half, adding further tries from Rob Joyce (twice), Jimmy Folan and Aka.
However, the highlight of the game was the final try from James Street, who started and finished a move that went through several pairs of hands before he touched down under the posts.
The man-of-the-match for Joes was Drain, closely followed by Joyce.
There was also success for St Joseph’s second string, who warmed up for next Saturday’s James Joseph Conlan Memorial Trophy semi-final at Slaithwaite A with a 26-12 home triumph over Westgate A in Division VI.
The home side laid a solid foundation from the start and were 16-6 ahead at the break, thanks to tries from Paul Horsfall, Patrick Mitchell and Sam Hendrick and two Darren Kelly goals.
Then they wrapped up the contest with second-half scores from Martin Mosse and Craig Lee and one Kelly goal.
Joe’s main men were Horsfall, Joel Hawkyard and Mickey Metcalfe.