This week's Premier North fixtures included a Leeds derby as Leeds Beckett put on a dominant display against the University of Leeds.
Leeds Beckett welcomed their local rivals as they hoped to do the double over them this season, and with some solid defence they managed to keep the visitors to just one try. The home side earned a 38-6 win which pleased assistant coach, Paul Cook.
He said: "It was a decent hit out for first game after Christmas. It was a chance to blow away the cobwebs and the squad is building nicely heading into the play offs."
Leeds Beckett's man-of-the-match, Lee Registe, scored twice with James Woodburn-Hall, Bob Lazenby, Curtis Edwards and Josh Halliday scoring the remaining tries. Sam Druce was successful with four of his five conversion attempts.
The only try scorer for Leeds was Oliver Cottom, his try converted by Reece Brunt. The away side's Man of the Match was awarded to Bradley Taylor.
Leeds captain, Joel Whipp, said: "We stood up to them well in the majority of the game to say we had a few players out. We had to defend for most of the game which took a lot out of us in the end.”
The only other match in the Premier North this week saw a very close contest in which Nottingham earned a 24-20 home win over Hull.
Ciaran Dean got over the line twice for Nottingham while James Frankenberger and Adam Simm scored one try each. Nottingham captain, Simm, said: “We ground out a tough win and we’re really happy to start the New Year in winning ways.”
All four tries were converted by Gaz Whitfield, who was later given the man-of-the-match award for the home side.