Dewsbury Rams were defeated 28-22 by the Sheffield Eagles on Friday night in Sheffield at the Olympic Legacy Park.
The Rams put up a spirited display and could have gone on to win the game at 16-16 but in the end it was the Eagles who took the spoils.
It didn’t take the home side long to get into the lead, when Ben Blackmore leaped over the line in the right hand corner to score, the Eagles producing a nice flowing move from left to right. Blackmore had space to exploit and so he did by scoring the first try of the night. Pat Walker was on kicking duty for the Eagles on the day and he put the first one through the posts to make it 6-0.
The Rams nearly replied with a try of their own a few moments later but Joe Martin’s attempt for the line was brought back due to an obstruction call. Sheffield extended their lead on the 12th minute when Jacob Ogden scored in the right corner again. It was Walker who converted the kick again to put the score now at 12-0 to Sheffield.
Dewsbury got a try of their own on the 25th minute when Dom Speakman crashed over the whitewash from close range. Paul Sykes was the player to kick conversions for Dewsbury on the night, but he couldn’t make his first attempt pay. The score now stood at 12-4 to Sheffield.
Just four minutes later the Rams were right back in the game as Kyle Trout thundered over the line with a fantastic driving run to score. This time Sykes did make the kick, putting the tally at 12-10,
Unfortunately for the Rams they couldn’t hold that score until half time and it was Blackmore again in the corner who got the next try of the evening. Walker this time missed the kick meaning the half time score stood at 16-10 to Sheffield.
The Rams scored their next try of the game on the 51st minute, this time Michael Knowles making it count on the scoreboard. Sykes kicked the conversion making the scores all level at 16-16.
The game became quite even and in some cases the Rams were starting to dominate the middle of the pitch. It wasn’t until the 63rd minute when the next try came and it was ex-Rams player Joel Farrell to score it. Walker this time dispatched his kick meaning the scores now stood at Sheffield Eagles 22-16 Dewsbury Rams.
Sheffield extended their lead further when Sonny Esslemont ran through a gap in Dewsbury’s defence to score. Walker kicked the conversion to move the Eagles up to 28-16.
Just four minutes later on the 72nd minute the Rams gave themselves a glimmer of hope of getting back into the fixture. Rob Worrincy scored for the Rams in what was terrific move finished off by the pacey winger. Sykes converted the kick, and although the Rams tried to make it a nervy end it wasn’t enough to stop Sheffield taking all the points.
Next up the Rams take on Halifax at home at the Tetley’s Stadium.