Rotherham Phoenix 5-83 Wetherby: Dominant Reds reach 40 wins in a row

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Wetherby made light work of bottom of the table Rotherham Phoenix 83-5 to record their 40th straight victory on Saturday.

The Reds remain the hottest of hot teams in Yorkshire Rugby after a sterling start to the new season in Yorkshire Division Three.

Mike Hicks’ side have taken a total of 59 points out of a possible 60 with 12 straight victories, following on from last season’s invincible year in the tier below.

With only one point chalked up all season, Rotherham were unlikely to pose much of a threat to the Reds. And Wetherby were soon into the ascendancy in South Yorkshire, scoring an early try through Connor Sheridan’s mazy run.

Fellow back Alex Dus then cross for the simplest of tries before another flowing piece of back play handed Sheridan his second try inside the opening 10 minutes.

Wetherby were temporarily halted when Liam Hogan was sin-binned, but down to 14 men, the backs only continued to find space in the opponent’s quarters and Will Jefferson produced two neat finishes to secure a bonus point.

The Reds started playing with width and when the Rotherham defence were spread too thin, a gap opened up for Tom Edwards to cut a lovely line and finish from 40 yards. Sheridan then wrapped up the half by securing his hat-trick to take Wetherby into the break 45-0 up.

The second half started with a rejuvenated Rotherham side feeding off Wetherby errors to have a few periods of possession in the Wetherby 22.

And their hard work paid off as the hosts’ forwards forced their way through the battling Wetherby defence for their only points of the match.

But Wetherby responded as the match became fragmented with fracas between the players.

Myles Oates scampered away and score under the posts before Jack Kaye profited from Stephen Hoather’s turnover to add another try.

Hogan was next to score, followed by debutant Chris Atkinson on his birthday.

Two final pieces of magic were left for Wetherby to wrap up the victory. Barney Roberts crossed over after taking an outrageous offload before a similarly collecting a similarly sweet pass from prop Elliott Griffiths put Roberts in for his second score.

Meanwhile, Harrogate Pythons went down to a fifth straight defeat in losing 20-13 at second bottom Baildon.

Knaresborough RUFC climbed up to fifth in Yorkshire Division Five with a close 13-9 win over third-placed Wibsey.