WHEATLEY Hills romped to a 42-0 win at Team Northumbria in their opening North East One game of the season.
The home side started the game with just a bare 15 and played the whole of the second half a man short after losing a forward due to injury, but that shouldn’t detract from a solid display by Dave Scully’s men.
Former player-coach Dan Storey, who spent last season at Doncaster Phoenix, marked his return to the club by kicking them into a second minute lead.
The Doncaster side dominated the game and it came as no surprise when scrum-half Ian Barker dummied his way over from the back of a ruck 20 metres out for a try converted by Storey.
Barker was also involved in Wheatley’s second try
Despite being well on top Wheatley had to wait until the 38th minute to add to their score, Barker turning the ball inside for second-rower Dan Undy to score.
Storey’s conversion earned Hills a 17-0 interval lead.
Full-back Mikey Hayward, who joined the line, scored the first of five unconverted second half tries on 48 minutes.
Ian Barker set-up a try for winger Tom Barker with a neat chip over the home defence four minutes later.
No 8 Gaz Burns dropped on the ball over the line after a pushover try from Team Northumbria’s scrum.
Scully, who came on for Ian Barker, also chipped over the defensive wall to create a second try for Tom Barker.
Flanker Byron Elliott capped a good game with a try.
Doncaster Phoenix, who blew hot and cold last season in Yorkshire League Division Two, failed to get their campaign off to a winning start, going down 42-29 at Hullensians.
The home side drew first blood with an early converted try.
But the Castle Park club had the chance to go ahead, which had they taken could have changed the course of the half, after centre Ben Millar had kicked a penalty.
The home side pulled well clear and led 42-3 at the end of the third quarter.
Phoenix took advantage of the home side going down to 13 men at one stage in the last quarter to run in four tries through winger Dan Greenslade (3) and No 8 Nick Byrne,
Thornensians lost 17-0 at Rotherham Phoenix in their opening Division Three clash.