- Fixtures resume after total wipeout with all but one game surviving the weather
- Loughborough Students lose unbeaten record to Luctonians
Photo: Phil Haswell
After the previous round of games was entirely wiped out by the cold weather, only one fixture was was postponed this weekend, with Hull unable to host Morley.
Loughborough Students could be forgiven for wishing the snow had continued after seeing their unbeaten record come to an end in Herefordshire.
A late score from centre Cameron Hewitt handed Luctonians a dramatic win over the league leaders, whose cushion at the top of the table has been cut to six points.
Second-placed Westoe ran in 13 tries against the 13 men of Manchester to win 69-0. Manchester were only able to name one replacement, who was called on in just the sixth minute, and they ended up two men down due to further injuries.
England Sevens' Nick Royle scores four for Fylde
Westoe scrum half Aaron Myers helped himself to a hat-trick.
Fylde fell just short of matching Westoe’s try total against Rugby Lions, with England Sevens speedster Nick Royle scoring four.
Following Loughborough’s first defeat, Mark Nelson’s side can now be considered serious title challengers again, as can Leicester Lions, although they did themselves no favours in going down 17-13 at home to Harrogate.
Preston Grasshoppers also chalked up a win on the road after a moment of magic from Thomas Ball.
The scrum half scampered down the left wing for what proved to be the match-winning try five minutes from time, as 'Hoppers enjoyed a 22-18 success at Caldy.
Elsewhere, Huddersfield defeated Hull Ionians, 35-5, while Nuneaton moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a 23-16 win at home to Kendal.
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