TOP centre Menzie Yere sparkled as Sheffield Eagles cruised to a comfortable victory over Dewsbury Rams at a rain soaked Bramall Lane.
The Papua New Guinea international bagged two quickfire tries and scooped the man of the match award after helping Mark Aston’s side move up to second in the Cop-operative Championship table.
But the resounding victory, on Friday night, came at a price, with star player Misi Taulapapa limping off with a knock after the break as the Rams upped their game.
Eagles dominated in the early stages and Simon Brown, making his 50th appearance for the club, found Yere, who powered over in the corner to open the scoring in the fourth minute.
Scrum-half Dom Brambani was held up close to the line as the hosts pressed for a second try and their pressure duly paid off on the quarter of an hour mark when Yere barged over again after neat work on the left from Quentin Laulu-Togagae.
With Yere and Liam Higgins in outstanding form, there was just no stopping Eagles and back rower Joe Hirst shrugged off a tackle in the 29th minute to make it 16-0.
Then Taulapapa, from deep inside his own half, jinked his way past several challenges before feeding Yere and he combined with substitute Peter Green to send in Nev Morrison underneath the posts. In the dying minutes, Taulapapa also crossed, with Brown adding all five goals to make the score 30-0.
Rams exerted far more pressure on the hosts after the restart but, against the run of play, Eagles went further ahead as Brown picked up his own grubber kick to dive over before knocking over the conversion.
Henderson grabbed a try in the 63rd minute either side of consolation efforts from Ayden Faal and Cain Southernwood.
* EAGLES: Laulu-Togagae, Finigan, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison, Brown, Brambani, Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Hirst, McDonald. Replacements: Green, Straugheir, Szostak, Higgins.