Huddersfield 43 Wharfedale 27

There was hope that Wharfedale could build on their second half performance against Blaydon but nobody told the script writer.

Dale were abysmal in the first 24 minutes and Huddersfield scored five tries to lead 29-0 in their National League Two North clash.

The first try, scored by Richard Piper, was well taken after a good catch and drive.

The next four tries were the result of appalling attempts at tackling. The second was after Austen Thompson was given the freedom of Dale’s 22 and an offload put Lewis Bradley over the whitewash.

The third was from a Huddersfield line-out that Dale seemed to have won, Adam Malthouse reacted quickest to pick up the loose ball and went over unopposed.

The fourth was scored from deep with Huddersfield flying past half-hearted tackling for Lewis Workman to score. The fifth was another poor effort at defence which allowed Brandon Conway to touch down. Jonathan West converted the first two.

At last Wharfedale turned up and finished the first half strongly with tries from Joel Gill and Phil Woodhead which were both converted by Tom Barrett to reduce the deficit to 15 points.

A Barrett penalty brought Dale closer but the second half saw two tries apiece.

Huddersfield's Malthouse grabbed a try before full back Tom Mann crossed for Dale.

Will Milner for Huddersfield and Ben Parkinson for Dale ended the scoring spree with West adding his conversions but Barrett missing.