York City Knights maintained their 100% start to the 2014 season by comprehensively beating South Wales Scorpions at a sunny and showery Huntington Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Scorpions knew that this was going to be a tough afternoon away at one of the favourites for promotion, but even they didn’t realise the one-way traffic that was to follow after Benn Hardcastle opened the scoring with a neat show-and-go after six minutes.
James Ford showed plenty of good touches in his first appearance of the season, breaking and setting up Ben Dent for the second try of the afternoon, moments before Jonny Presley touched down for the first of his four tries in the game, and a sublime offload from Lee Paterson then allowed Jack Aldous to score for a 22-0 inside 20 minutes.
The Scorpions then stemmed the tide and battled gamely for the next fifteen minutes, with Chris Vitalini in particular getting through a lot of work, but three further tries from Haynes, Ed Smith and Carter ensured the Knights scoring rate of a point per minute in the first half was maintained.
The points kept on coming after the break as Presley resumed the scoring just two minutes in to the second half. Winger George Elliott then scored down the right wing before Presley completed his hat-trick on the hour mark. Ford scored the try of the day after an outstanding attack from deep that started with Haynes fielding a tricky kick deep in the Knights half.
Three further tries in the final eight minutes from Mallinder, Presley’s fourth and Hayne’s hat-trick completed the rout.
After a disrupted off-season, Mike Grady’s South Wales Scorpions know they are still off the pace when it comes to Championship 1 and they know that they will need to improve considerably before they entertain Hemel Stags in Maesteg next Sunday.
The Scorpions have organised an extra training session for Monday to review the game.
“The important thing is that the boys are sticking together,” said Scorpions’ player assistant coach Paul Emanuelli. “We’re not a club who are going to give up after one big defeat. We know that this was a bad day at the office and we’ve all been on the good side of it in the past. We’ll review our performances, individually and as a team, and look to put things right next week when we take on Hemel.”