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Knights set Challenge Cup record with 132-0 win

York City Knights

York City Knights broke a host of records as they thrashed Northumbria University 132-0 in the third round of the Challenge Cup.

It was the biggest win in the history of the competition, while half-back Chris Thorman's 56-point haul was an individual record.

Knights coach Dave Woods told BBC Radio York: "We were looking for a display from things we'd worked on.

"We got that, and when you do that, the scoreline takes care of itself."

Woods sympathised with Northumbria for suffering a backlash from poor Knights performances in the previous two games.

"Full credit to Northumbria," he said. "Right at the end, they were still working hard, still trying things from kick-offs.

"We were smart with what we did. We picked out some players we wanted to get at and we did that. It was a good all-round performance."

Apart from being the club's biggest win, Thorman's four tries and 20 goals set new club records for most points in a match and most goals in a match, while Jonny Presley's six tries also set a new club record.

"You can only play the players in front of you and we did that, whether it's Hunslet or Northumbria," said Woods.

"Today will give the players a boost. They can see that those little things we worked on work when they do them properly, so we'll take them into the game next week."

Although keen on a Challenge Cup run, Woods added: "Our real goal now is that we perform next week."

Woods will face some interesting selection problems, as he will have his three on-loan Castleford players available.

York are also keen on bringing back second row forward Matty Duckworth into the fold following his six-month doping ban.

Duckworth was actually suspended from 1 September after being found to have provided a sample containing the stimulant methylhexaneamine, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

After a lengthy appeal process, the Rugby Football League only lifted reporting restrictions on Monday when they confirmed Duckworth's suspension.

But the suspension was reduced from the statutory two years as the doping panel accepted that Duckworth did not intend to use the drug to enhance his performance.



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