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Sunday, 3 March, 2002, 20:22 GMT
Giants march on
Huddersfield Giants David Atkins in action
Giants got off to a flying start against Oldham
Huddersfield survived a scare to extend their advantage at the top of the Northern Ford Premiership with a hard-fought 28-18 win over Oldham.

The Giants raced into the lead with Hefin O'Hare running in a hat-trick of tries but the Roughyeds fought back to cut the deficit to 20-18 in the second half.

Joe McNicholas crossed twice and Neil Roden also went over as Oldham sensed an upset but Erol Crabtree touched down in the closing minutes to make the game safe.

Yorkshire rivals Hull KR moved up to second with a surprisingly difficult 20-8 success at Gateshead.

Thunder's inexperienced side put up a creditable performance and it took a late Lynton Scott try to kill them off.

Leigh's Neil Turley
Neil Turley's excellent form continues
Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Leigh are also moving in the right direction after a crushing 62-18 win at Chorley lifted them into third.

Chris Irwin led the way for last season's minor premiers with four tries and there were also hat-tricks for Andrew Isherwood and Paul Anderton.

Prolific full-back Neil Turley also found his way onto the scoresheet against a Lynx side containing five ex-Centurions with two tries.

Rochdale inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Workington to climb above the Cumbrians into fifth.

Danny Wood broke through for the decisive score 18 minutes from time as the Hornets ground out a 20-10 win at Derwent Park.

At the opposite end of the table the woes continue for pointless York and Swinton, who both suffered heavy defeats on the road.

Dewsbury ran in nine tries as they condemned bottom-placed Wasps to a 48-6 hammering at Ram Stadium.

George Mack ran in twice with Ryan Hardy, Nathan Batty, Paul Hicks, Andy Fisher, Chris Kitching, Michael Wainwright, Adrian Flynn also getting over.

Marty Moana in action for Halifax
Moana was on target for Doncaster
York's sole touchdown came from Mick Ramsden.

The Lions endured another torrid afternoon as they went down 40-14 at Doncaster.

Marvin Golden scored twice and Jason Lee also went over as the Dragons dominated the first half.

Swinton rallied after the break with a Craig Dean brace but further scores from Marty Moana, Tony Atter, Paul Green and Anton Garcia condemned them to a seventh successive loss.

Featherstone were also in the points as scrum-half Jamie Rooney scored 19 in a 43-12 win over Batley and Sheffield encountered little trouble in a 28-12 defeat of Hunslet.

Keighley mounted a second-half comeback to overturn a 24-14 deficit and earn a thrilling 30-28 triumph over Barrow.

Stand-off Paul Ashton came off the bench to lead their revival as his and Ollie Wilkes' quickfire tries levelled the scores.

James Rushforth again levelled after Ian Marsh put the Raiders back in front but Ashton kept his nerve to land the decisive conversion.

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