Old Rishworthians 64 Leeds Medics and Dentists 8
It was a 10-try drilling for Rishworthians against the newly-promoted students – and it could have been even more.
The visitors, however, won more than their fair share of possession dominating play in the first 25 minutes and, although they hardly touched the ball in that time, the home side still managed to run in three tries.
After that it became plain sailing with Rishworthians scoring five tries in each half.
The students were somewhat naïve in their play opting to run the ball at every occasion, but found it impossible to break through the solid home defence.
There were two tries each for fullback Ben Black, left wing Anthony Shoesmith, replacement centre Kurt Sutcliffe and right wing Joe Billing, who also kicked seven conversions.
The visitors scored their only try while Rishworthians were down to 13 men for a brief period in the second half.
The Copley men did not see the ball for the first seven minutes, but then No 8 Fraser Swarbrooke broke clear after a lineout and put supporting fullback Black in near the corner for the first try.
Leeds reduced the arrears with a penalty and continued to dominate possession until the home side broke away. Lock Frank Watene and centre Taniela Bakoso combined well before stand-off Josh Kelly broke free. The ball went through several pairs of hands before flanker Chris Dyson went over for the first converted try.
Minutes later Black put Billing in at the corner and Rishworthians were almost out of sight at 17-3.
The winger then rescued the ball in midfield and a long pass put centre Matthew Hunt-Brown away on a strong run, before he put the supporting Black in for his second try, which Billing converted.
Rishworthians started to dominate and with the last play of the half replacement prop Bruce Karalo burst through for another converted try.
Leading 31-3 at the break, the home side were in control and had already secured a bonus point, but were still being forced to defend by the visitors.
They were solid against the early pressure and then scored again, Kelly putting Shoesmith in at the corner with a long pass. Billing added a fine conversion.
Then with Rishworthians temporarily down to 13 men, the visitors were finally able to breach the defence for an unconverted try.
The home scoring soon resumed. Replacement Nick Faulkner put in a strong run and the ball was recycled for prop Ryan Mudd to slip the ball to Sutcliffe for his first, and Rishworthians’ seventh try. Billing again converted.
Forwards and backs then linked well before the moved was finished off by Shoesmith for his second try. Billing again converted and then picked up a loose ball to dart in for his second try.
He converted that but could not do the same after Sutcliffe also gathered a loose ball and ran in his second try in the corner to end the match.
Rishworthians second cruised to a 36-0 victory at Halifax Vandals. There were two tries for Danny Hoyle and others by Joel Broadbent, Liam Phillips, Bob Collins and Lee Atkinson, who also kicked three conversions.