York City Knights 66 London Skolars 6

Knights: Moss 9, Robson 8, Oakes 8, Normington 8, Mazive 9, Cockayne 8, C Robinson 9, Walne 8, Ellis 8, Siddons 7, Kelly 8, Scott 8, Spears 8. Subs (all used): Hawksworth 8, Smith 8, Ronan Dixon 8, Porter 8.

Tries: Mazive 6, 58, 77; Ellis 10; Scott 33; Moss 38, 41; Smith 50, 62; Oakes 52; Dixon 71.

Conversions: C Robinson 10, 33, 38, 41, 50, 52, 58, 62, 71, 77 (10/11).

Penalty: C Robinson 40 (1/1).

Sent off: none.

Sin-binned: none.

Skolars: Hall, Finigan, Brown, Melling, Juma, Coleman, Thorman, Sykes, Driver, Martin, Ngawati, Nash, Chester. Subs (all used): L Robinson, Mbaraga, Lawrence, Lyon.

Try: Hall 15.

Conversion: Thorman 15 (1/1).

Penalties: none.

Sent off: none.

Sin-binned: none.

Man of the match: Kieren Moss – Judah Mazive got a hat-trick and Connor Robinson was again superb in the halves, maintaining his super goal-kicking ratio too, but Moss gets the nod. The Aussie full-back is simply a class act and got reward for his supporting game – he is constantly on a runner’s shoulder – with two more tries to take his tally to six.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths (Widnes) – got some stick for not showing cards for persistent fouling but was pretty good and kept the pace up where he could.

Penalty count: 13-7

Half-time: 24-6

Weather: pleasant enough before skies became a bit greyer.

Attendance: 1,000 est

Moment of the match: Will Oakes has shown only glimpses of his capabilities so far on dual-reg from Hull KR. He showed the biggest glimpse yet here with a wonderful length-of-the-pitch try down the left flank. Getting the ball from a restart kick, the stocky centre shot off down the wing and, while pacey Skolars full-back Elliot Hall cut off the inside pass to the supporting Kieren Moss, Oakes simply slowed Hall up then backed himself to beat him on the outside.

Gaffe of the match: London’s try was a good one, well created by hooker Billy Driver, and well finished on a great line by full-back Elliot Hall, but there must have been some defensive lapse for Hall to go over untouched. Moaning about this in a 66-6 win is a bit churlish, though.

Gamebreaker: Kieren Moss’s try immediately after half-time showed straight away there would be no Skolars comeback.

Match rating: the 66-6 scoreline might have been one from hell for the Skolars but it was heavenly for the Knights – not only reflecting their dominance in this match but also giving some reward for all the tough recent battles they’ve come through. And setting them up nicely for next week’s big Challenge Cup clash against Catalans Dragons.