Over in West Yorkshire, Dewsbury Rams, once red hot favourites for relegation, recovered in superb style under new boss Neil Kelly to seal survival in the Kingstone Press Championship with ease.
The Rams only had one win to their name up until the Summer Bash but finally got going properly under Kelly that ultimately led, not only to survival, but a Championship Shield semi-final berth.
Quite the recovery and credit where it’s due, the squad never gave up, all they needed was a renewed spark and it came from Kelly.
But do the Rams have what it takes to improve and became a better part-time club? First, let’s take a look back at their 2017 in more depth.
Best Performance: Dewsbury Rams 34-22 Toulouse Olympique
Not the only time they defeated the French but their regular round home win over Toulouse Olympique is the pick of Dewsbury’s performances in 2017.
Dewsbury may have finished as the competition’s worst attack but in this game, they put such a statistic behind them and produced a memorable performance to soundly beat the full-time outfit at the Tetley’s stadium.
The Rams battled well, overcoming a 12-8 half-time deficit as well as Paul Marcon’s hat-trick of tries to record the win.
Lucas Walshaw bagged two tries, with Macauley Hallett, Alex Brown and Jode Sheriffe also touching down.
The result came against all the odds and was one that clearly showed Kelly’s influence as a head coach.
It helped the Rams surge towards survival and a testament that part-time clubs shouldn’t ever be underestimated on the day, no matter what the circumstances.