Cleckheaton and YMCA find their feet

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On their return to national rugby Cleckheaton came out second best, 33-19, to a Waterloo side who were enterprising and accurate.

Cleckheaton began with an interception try from Ross Hayden but they trailed 14-5 at the break.

The second half saw the home side pull away with three further tries two of which were converted, but the visitors restored some pride with tries from Jack Bickerdike and Michael Piper, both of which were converted by Piper.

Huddersfield YMCA began their first national campaign with a losing bonus point. In a 
29-24 defeat at Westoe they took a 21-10 lead before seeing Westoe claw their way back to level matters at half-time.

Westoe went ahead 29-21 and it looked like YMCA would return home empty handed, but for a late penalty.

Sandal were beaten 30-13 at home to Sale in a closely fought contest.

Sandal had the better of the first half with a try from Gareth Newman and five points by James Ellar. Yet they trailed 15-10 at the break.

Despite adding two penalties and a converted try, Sandal were beaten by a side who dominated the kicking game.

Sheffield Tigers suffered a 
25-20 home defeat by Burnage.

They got off to an encouraging start with a try by flanker Steve Walker and another from a driving maul. Alex Graham added five points as they led at the break but their only other score came from a try by Pete Swatkins.

Beverley never recovered from a blistering start by Morley, who led through tries by Bradley Marshall, Tom Clough, and Tom Moody. Beverley responded through Anthony Maka andfive points by Jamie Gill.

Morley stretched away with two Chester penalties, a converted penalty try and two Luke Watt scores before Alex Ogilvie added a second try for Beverley.