John Mooney: Rugby Round Up!
A superb all-round team effort saw West Hull see off the previously unbeaten Normanton Knights 34-0 in the NCL Premier Division at the Community Centre. Wests, still smarting after a narrow defeat at league leaders Hunslet Parkside last week, a game they could easily have won, showed no mercy to the visitors who were rocked when second-row Dave Evans was sent off just before half-time. It was apparent from the start that Wests meant business and though it took 15 minutes before Callum Windley put them ahead they had hardly allowed the Knights a look in at that stage. More sustained pressure saw Josh Nicklin finish off a fine passing movement then Louis Crowther showed great strength and determination to power over. None of those tries were converted though that didn't appear to matter too much when Normanton went down to 12 men with Evans receiving his marching orders for an apparent brush with the referee.
With Nathan Powley in the sin-bin for the start of the second period, the Knights pressed hard but the home side's defence held firm and quick tries from Jack Watts and Windley again, both goaled by Ryan Wilson, put the game to bed. Further scores for Ray Brown and livewire full-back Nathan Hill, one of them converted by Scott Partis, completed an emphatic victory. Everyone played their part in a cracking display though the foundation was laid in the forwards with Crowther and Oscar Ellerington superb in defence. Loose forward Craig White and full-back Connor Wilson tried to inject some pace and guile into the Knight's attack but on this occasion they were no match for the green and golds, who produced their best display for a very long time.
An astonishing game at St Helens saw Myton Warriors lose 50-48 against champions Thatto Heath Crusaders. The Warriors, who have been leaking points all season but scoring plenty of their own, were in front at half-time thanks to a Natty Slater masterclass but looked down and out when the home side went 48-36 in front. Two late converted tries took the scores level but in the final minute the referee awarded a penalty to the Crusaders and from 40m out Jack Jones slotted it straight down the middle to break the Warrior's hearts.
In Division One, Skirlaugh came away from Bradford Dudley Hill with a 26-16 victory but in Division Two Hull Dockers went down 28-18 at Askam. Beverley maintained their 100% record in Division Three with a 45-30 victory over Eastmoor Dragons.