Huddersfield YMCA recorded their first win of 2015 after securing a bonus-point 32-10 success at home to Rossendale.
Going into the game, the hosts were on a run of four successive defeats, with their last victory coming in December with a 56-26 thumping of bottom club Beverley.
YMCA got the start they were looking for with an early converted try, only to see that lead cut by a score out wide from the visitors.
Full-back Gavin Stead’s penalty pushed the lead back out to five points, only for Rossendale to hit back again with their second try levelling the scores. A second try from YMCA restored the five-point cushion and the next score looked set to prove vital.
YM repelled some pressure before centre Adam Ryder cut through for a third try which took the score to 22-10.
A further penalty from Stead secured the all-important extra point and capped a deserved fifth victory of the season, which moves them five places off the bottom of the table.
Sheffield Tigers ran riot in the second half to inflict a 50-3 defeat on visitors Wirral at Dore Moor to move just two points behind second-placed Sandal.
Tigers made a slow and steady start, going 6-0 ahead through two penalties from Tom Outram before the visitors replied with a penalty.
Frank Wragg went over to give the home side a more commanding half-time lead before Sheffield stamped their authority on the match with a flurry of second-half tries.
Mick Ward scored late to add to tries by Peter Swatkins, Stephen Destounis, Lee Marks, Adam Shaw and Outram before Mark Ireland capped the Tigers’ 14th win from 19 matches with a late penalty.
Scarborough grabbed a 34-24 victory at Medicals in the RFU Intermediate Cup thanks to two tries from winger Harry Domitt.
Tom Harrison got the ball rolling for Scarborough with an early penalty, before Domitt weighed in with two converted tries before half-time.
Medicals ran the visitors close and drew level at 24-24 in the second half before two late tries from prop Wesley Langkilde restored Scarborough’s lead and wrapped up the win.
In the RFU Senior Vase, West Leeds will play Liverpool Collegiate in the quarter-finals after easing to a 44-5 victory at Whitley Bay Rockcliff.
Centre Sam Neave and substitute Jack Marshall both scored a brace and Josh Cassell, Tom Jackson and Declan Penny also ran through to score tries.
West Leeds looked sharper at the back and surged forward relentlessly. Despite the onslaught, Rockliff did not make it easy for their opponents and battled through to the end.