Duke start with a victory in Division One
DUKE of York started life in GMB Union Hull & District Division One with a 28-10 victory over last year's champions Norland Academy.
The Sutton-based team has a wealth of experience in it with Tommy Dusher at full-back, Wayne Harris and Paul Garner the half-backs and a pack including Glen Noble, Stu Goddard, Lee Lawless and Steve McGowan.
Dusher opened the scoring for the visitors with a well taken try on 10 minutes, Harris adding the extras.
The home team came straight back with a brilliant Jordan Rowen score wide out and within four minutes Tom Barker had crashed over on the fifth tackle to put the home side in front. Walker's conversion giving them a 10- 6 cushion.
The Duke's Steve Frankish then went on a rampaging run to scatter would-be tacklers and restore parity, Harris slotting over the goal for a narrow 12-10 lead at the break.
On the hour mark, playmaker Jamie Walker had to be taken by ambulance to hospital with knee ligament problems.
To save the game it was quickly moved to the adjoining pitch, whilst Walker waited for the medics.
Dusher had gone in for his second try where Walker sustained his injury, trying to stop the score, Harris converting.
With five minutes left of play Lee Wainwright crashed over by the right corner flag and then Garner showed his class with a 30-metre weaving run to cross the whitewash. Harris converting for a 28-10 win.