Yorkshire Under 17s swept to a comfortable victory over Cumbria when the BARLA Under 17s Tri-Series County Championship opened on Sunday at Stanningley.
Fullback Fletcher Paley of Hunslet Warriors turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the romp, scoring two tries and landing eight goals from as many attempts – including several from the touchline – and pulling off a try-saving tackle.
Dan Barcoe crossed twice in the early stages on his home ground, while Oliver Greenwood, Drew Judge-Clark and Nigel Dangare touched down to help establish a 30-6 interval lead.
Kai Gascoigne closed the scoring, while Cumbria were 24-0 adrift before Rob Salt raced over and Owen Hoyles added the extras.
Cumbria host Lancashire on Sunday 16 October, and the Series reaches a climax when Yorkshire visit Lancashire seven days later; both venues have yet to be confirmed.
YORKSHIRE: Fletcher Paley (Hunslet Warriors), Drew Judge-Clark (Dewsbury Celtic), Nigel Dangare (Stanley Rangers), Brandon Batchelor (Stanningley), Oliver Greensmith (Crigglestone), Durant Pritchard (West Hull), Kian Oldroyd (Stanley Rangers), George Stones (Shaw Cross), Dan Barcoe (Stanningley), Sam Smith (Queensbury), Kai Gascoigne (Upton), Brad Gallagher (Oulton), Steve Gibbs (Oulton). Subs: David Horner (Lock Lane), Joe Gamayon (Hunslet Warriors), Ed Wilcox (Stanley Rangers), Jordan Bull (Lock Lane).
CUMBRIA: Zac Olstrum (Ellenborough), James McCartney (Wath Brow), Dane Richardson (Wath Brow), Kai Gillespie Ellenborough), Aaron Burns (Kells), Owen Hoyles (Ellenborough), Sam Curwen (Wath Brow), Kieron Eldon (Wath Brow), Keir Shepherd (Askam), Elliot Campbell (Barrow Island), Matty Brown (Barrow Island), John Irving (Ellenborough), Rob Salt (Barrow Island). Joe Power (Wath Brow), Jake Pearce (Wath Brow), Ellison Holgate (Ellenborough), Louis Fearon (Ellenborough), Luke Thompson (Barrow Island), Alfie Thomas (Barrow Island).
Referee: Connor Astbury