Gateshead Thunder 48-28 Oxford RLFC
Hardcastle shines in Thunder rout
Ben Hardcastle scored 24 points as Gateshead recorded a convincing 48-28 victory over Oxford in the Kingstone Press Championship 1.
The Thunder scored eight tries, all of which Hardcastle converted, and he and Jason Payne were also the only players to cross more than once.
Hardcastle and Payne claimed half of the eight tries between them with Joe Brown, Josh Stocker, Sonny Esslemont and Joe Hodgson also going over.
Oxford themselves ran in six tries - through Alex Thompson, Michael Crabtree, Jimmy Rowland, Marcus Brooker, Sean Morris and Yannic Parker - yet Rowland was only able to add the extras on two occasions.