Dewsbury Rams captain Paul Sykes insisted that Sunday’s win over Batley at the Blackpool Summer Bash was vital.

The Rams beat the Bulldogs 18-20 on the day and Sykes said he was pleased to get the victory.

He said: “The game was a little bit scrappy, as a team we dug in and got the vital two points that we needed.

“It was a tough game on a warm day in a big old stadium but we rose to the occasion. Everyone was just so happy that we got the two points.

“We defended really well in some parts, the first half in particular was very scrappy. We weren’t at the races with the ball really but we still won.

“It was a big win for us, especially with Sheffield winning and them jumping above us in the table. Our win over Batley means we leap frog them again.”

The Rams next fixture is at home to Featherstone Rovers on the 10th June. Sykes believe’s the week off will do the players some good.

He continued: “Now we have a week off and can prepare for the next block of games coming up.

“We haven’t had a week off yet because we have had to catch up with some rearranged fixtures. However now we’ll be able to get some bodies back before our next game against Featherstone.”