EMLEY MOOR made it two wins out of two in Division II with a 48-20 triumph at Boothtown Terriers.
An outstanding second-half display made it possible as they scored 28 unanswered points after the break to back up their excellent opening-day win at Westgate Redoubt.
Although the Emley Moor pack dominated from start to finish, full-back Dave Pawson, pictured right, proved the hero of the hour with four stunning tries to crown a man-of-the-match performance.
Two of those scores came in the opening half as the sides were locked at 20-20 at the interval.
There were also powerful first-half tries from Daniel Bedford and Darren Southwell, with John Roebuck adding two conversions.
But in the second period, Emley stepped up a gear, with Pawson doubling his tally, Southwell grabbing a second and Brett Turner – in his first game back for over a season because of injury – Scott Wilkinson and Kris Shepherd also scoring, and Roebuck adding the goals to seal the win.
Both Huddersfield sides in Division III celebrated weekend wins.
Lindley Swifts made it three out of three with an excellent 32-10 triumph over Hoyland Vikings, while Slaithwaite Saracens secured their first success of the campaign with a 42-10 victory over Elland A.
The Swifts took early control of their contest down the Nook slope, with tries from Sam McCluskey, James Burns, Nick Staples and Alan Kelly, with Nick Turner converting.
Hoyland grabbed two tries at the start of the second half, but further scores from Turner and Ryan Whitaker sealed the outcome.
A strong first-half performance from the Saracens was also the key to their success as they led 20-4 at the break.
Chris Lodge was at the heart of the early success, kicking through three times for Kyle Dyson (twice) and Richard Bates to score before Darren Hawkyard charged over, with Richard Flooks converting.
In the second half, there were further tries from Bates, Daniel Fryer, Chris Todhunter and Flooks, who finished with four goals to seal a victory in which Hawkyard and Dyson shared the man-of-the-match award in a solid team effort.
St Joseph’s tough start to their Premier Division season continued with a 34-20 home defeat to New Earswick All Blacks.
This was always going to be a tricky test for the York-based side who finished fourth in the top flight last season.
But the newly-promoted Saints still proved they will be able to compete well at this level, and had it not been for too many errors they could have secured their first win of the campaign.
The home side were well in the hunt at half-time as they trailed 18-10 thanks to tries from Danny Aspinall – from a break from the outstanding Marvin Cox on his debut – and Craig Lee, and a Neil Barrett goal.
But following the 50th-minute sin-binning of captain Barrett, New Earswick took control against the run of play to open up a 28-10 advantage.
Saints then rallied on Barrett’s return with further tries from Shaun Mitchell and Lee St Hilaire and a Barrett conversion, but it came too late to alter the final outcome.
However, head coach Jody Shaw was delighted by his side’s efforts.
“I was really proud of the players, but we must learn the lessons from the game,” he said.
“We didn’t complete enough sets and spilled too much ball in our own half in the first period.
“I felt we were the better side overall and showed we will compete well this year, but we didn’t do the little things right that they did.
“It was always going to be tough at the start as we are playing three of the best sides in the first three games, but we’re getting there.”