Anthony Thackeray scored a brace as Dewsbury Rams returned to winning ways with a comfortable 48-6 victory over Swinton Lions in the Kingstone Press Championship at the Tetley’s Stadium on Friday night.
Shane Grady crossed over early on for the home side, with Tom Hemingway converting, before Zach Johnson hit back with a try for the visitors 10 minutes later, Mick Nanyn scoring the Lions goal.
But the home side went ahead for the second time with a try apiece from Thackeray and Karl Pryce as Kieran Hyde added the extras to hand Dewsbury an 18-6 lead at the break.
The Rams ran riot in the second half with a second try from a Thackeray, while Ryan Wright, Dale Morton, Austin Buchanan and Kyle Briggs also crossed.
Hyde and Hemingway converted two further goals each with no reply from Swinton.
Hunslet routed Gateshead once more with a 45-6 success to keep up the pressure on the Kingstone Press Championship 1’s top two sides.
The Hawks thrashed the Thunder 52-6 back in May and the north-east side never looked like exacting any revenge as tries from Danny Maun, Liam Hood and Luke Stenchion gave Hunslet a 18-0 half-time advantage.
Andy Ballard crossed early in the second half and converted all eight of his team’s tries to give him a personal total of 20 points. Ballard added the second-half extras to tries from Jimmy Watson, Liam Mackay and Michael Haley while James Coyle put the icing on the cake with a last-gasp drop goal.
Gateshead ensured they would at least make a contribution to the scoreboard, though, as Jordan Meads went over, and kicked the conversion, just after the hour.