Loughborough Students won the battle of the unbeaten sides after tries from Callum Wilson and Dante Mama helped them to a 13-10 victory over Leicester

Lions. However the Students only have a one point lead at the top of the table, as Fylde took maximum points from a 37-8 home win over Hull. Both sides

have relatively short trips to make this weekend with the league leaders travelling to fellow Midlands outfit Nuneaton and Fylde staying in the north- west for

an encounter with Caldy.

Caldy are fourth, level on points with Westoe, after they ended Huddersfield’s unbeaten home record with a 34-27 win at Lockwood Park. Westoe, who lie

third courtesy of a superior points difference, ran in five tries to beat Nuneaton 31-3.

Richard Moorhouse marked his 100th appearance for Hull Ionians with his side’s eighth and final try in a 46-17 win over Morley.

Preston Grasshoppers brought up a half- century of points in a match for the third time this season with a 50-10 win at home to Luctonians. ‘Hoppers ran in

seven tries in total, the last two coming from Sean Taylor in the dying minutes.

A Simon Mulholland double helped Kendal to a 34-13 victory and five invaluable league points at fellow strugglers Rugby Lions. Manchester remain

marooned at the bottom and are still without a win to their name after going down 62-3 at home to Harrogate. Wing James Rothwell scored a brace of tries

and kicked five conversions for a 20- point haul.