A DEPLETED St Pat’s side came back to Earth with a bump in a 49-24 defeat to Rochdale Mayfield.
It was a remarkable match in which they scored the first two tries and led 18-10 at half time.
They lost the ball at the second half kick-off and quickly conceded a try, which triggered a big collapse.
Amazingly, they never had possession for the first 24 minutes of the half and conceded six tries in 17 minutes before getting their act together somewhat in the later stages.
It looked as if the procession might have been moving in the opposite direction when the visitors scored two tries in the opening six minutes.
Tyler Spence outflanked the cover to score the first and Joe Higham took an inside pass for the second. Brad Smith converted both.
Mayfield loose forward Joe Quannici hit back with two tries from close range, and full back Lewis Sheridan converted the first.
Afeez Oberinde extended the visitors’ lead with a brilliant solo try a couple of minutes before the interval when he eluded and outpaced several defenders in a 60 yard run.
Dean Hatton added the goal.
Then came the avalanche.
For all the visitors’ shortcomings, Mayfield deserve credit for their inventive rugby and spectacular passing. In 17 minutes there were tries by Eric Johnson, Paul Brearly, Rob Kershaw, Shaun Mulcahy and two from Declan Sheridan.
Lewis Sheridan converted four of these.
With Simon Atherton at the forefront, St Pat’s managed to get some possession and themselves into a number of attacking positions, but still Mayfield were the next to score with 10 minutes left when Seta Tala won the race to touch down a kick.
Lewis Sheridan converted, and scrum half Sam Butterworth followed up with a drop goal.
St Pat’s had the slight satisfaction of scoring the final try of the match when Tyler Spence finished off some cross-field passing for a second score which was very similar to his first.
St Jude’s claimed their first win of the season with a hard-fought 23-21 success over Saddleworth in Division One.
The Wigan side took the lead after five minutes with a Dale Lowe try and added further scores through Nathan Bevan and Adam Lavin.
After being seven points down at the break, Bevan claimed a second try before Lavin put them in front to claim the points and lift St Jude’s off the foot of the table.
Also in Division One, Ince Rose Bridge enjoyed a 32-20 win over Salford City Roosters to keep them at the top of the table.
Tries from Andrew Collier, Lee Jones, Craig Sanby and Kenny Baler but Rose Bridge in a commanding lead before the Roosters fought back.