Sedgley Park’s good start to the National Two North season continued with a bonus-point 41-10 win at Harrogate, scoring seven tries in the process.

It was a result that satisfied coach Steve Hazzelby with seven different try scores on the day in Yorkshire, but he admitted they could have performed better.

He said: “This sounds like a great win for the Tigers but at times it was very scrappy and not our best performance.

“We gave far too many penalties away and squandered a number of easy chances - and Harrogate are a much better team than their record suggests.”

Sedgley’s first score came after 16 minutes when powerful driving by the forwards saw the ball moved wide for full-back Andy Riley to score on the left.

This was followed seven minutes later with well-worked try for number eight Tom Ailes after a lineout catch and drive from the forwards. Steve Collins added the conversion to make it 12-0.

A pass was then intercepted by Tigers winger Rhys Henderson who sprinted 80 metres to score between the posts and another conversion increased the lead.

The bonus-point fourth try came on the stroke of half time with a try for man of the match Tane Bentley, and Collins again kicked the conversion to make it 26-0 at the break.

The Tigers started the second half really with a try for scrum-half Jacob Tansey after quick hands from Danny Maher and Oli Glasse down the left.

But Harrogate then had a really purple period of play where they scored two good tries to reduce the arrears to 31-10.

Sedgley rang the changes and looked to bring some energy to the play and were rewarded after 68 minutes with a try for back-row debutant, Gabriel Sereki and a seventh and final try saw tighthead prop kick John Blanchard use his soccer skills to kick on, beat the chasing defenders and touch down from 30 yards out.

This Saturday, Sedgley host Hull Ionians who have already beaten top sides Rotherham and Wharefdale so far this season.

Hazzelby added: “We know that this will be the sternest test for the boys and will have to be on the top of our game to get a result.”