NESTLE Rowntree were knocked out of the Yorkshire Vase at the first round of the competition after suffering a 5-33 defeat at home to Stanley Rodilians.

With a full team and, once again, a few new faces, Trees never got going and the youthful Rods side gave them the runaround.

After 15 minutes, Rods broke away down the left after a Trees mistake to lead 7-0.

Trees then lost possession and Rods scored again, then on 35 minutes, the Rods scrum-half broke down the middle and fed the full-back who scored to put the visitors 18-0 up at the break.

The very lively scrum-half and full-back combined again to put the right winger in from the restart.

But the Trees managed to regroup and start playing some good rugby. Before the hour mark, prop Jack Gabbatiss scored out wide to give them hope, though the try went unconverted.

However, from the restart, Rods previous influential three again worked in tandem to full effect and they scored with ease to lead 33-5.

Trees again settled and pressurised the Stanley defence to at least go down fighting.

Elsewhere, York RUFC Seconds moved joint second on points in the Yorkshire Merit League premier ship after winning 36-0 over Hull Ionians Seconds.

The low-scoring first-half ended with York leading just 7-0 at the break thanks to a Will Scholey try, converted by Alex Riley.

Man of the match Ben Dyson-Dent, Will Atkin, Freddie Smith, Oscar Bell and Harry Jinks added further tries after the restart, with no score coming in reply from Hull.

Riley added another conversion, as did Joel Bradley.

The bonus point victory sees York finish the first half of the league season nine points behind leaders Wharfedale 2.

They currently sit second on 40 points, alongside Scunthorpe Seconds and Sheffield Tigers Seconds.