Rugby union round-up: Free-scoring Thornensians maintain solid start

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Thornensians continued their early push for the Yorkshire Three title when they ran in ten tries on their way to a 62-7 home win over Stocksbridge.

Thorne turned in a consistent performance with some impressive open rugby, scoring five tries and three conversions in both halves.

Centre Ollie Cox opened the scoring after six minutes, Stuart Hughes converting, and there were further tries from prop Adan Smith and scrum-half Lee Linsdell as Thorne extended a 17-0 lead with just 24 minutes gone.

Captain Brett Hunt raced in for the fourth try on 28 minutes, Hughes converting, and No 8 Ryan Pilley added a fifth on 32 minutes, Anthony Bull converting this time as Thorne went 31-0 ahead.

Prop Andy Ellis went over four minutes after the restart and Pilley added his second try ten minutes later, Bull converting both.

Hunt added his second on 65 minutes, and second row players Dan Pease and Andy Evans got their names on the scoresheet with late tries, Bull converting once more.

Thorne are still two league points behind leaders Old Grovians, who beat Castleford 47-22, but their latest runaway win gives them a 68-point advantage over the Bradford side on scoring difference.

Wheatley Hills lost 43-18 to Rochdale in North One East.

A penalty from Owen Gilvray and a try from Sam Kerry had given them an early lead but Rochdale soon found a way into the game through James Duffy who kicked a penalty and scored a try before converting.

A brace from Jon Mair and tries from Dick West, Will Birtwell and another from Duffy sealed the win.

Gilvray offered some resistance for Wheatley, scoring a try, a conversion and a penalty in the second half.

Wath on Dearne fought back from 33-0 down at least gain a losing bonus point at Bridlington, going down 33-22 in their Yorkshire One clash.

Wath were run off the pitch in the first quarter but gradually clawed their way back and turned round 33-12 down.

Joe Bartlett and Andy Lintin both scored two of the tries, one converted by Ed Melmoth.

Rossington Hornets lost 25-10 at Stanley Rodillians in Yorkshire Five.