Dewsbury Rams will be playing Championship rugby next season, and despite the defeat due to other results in the league, the Rams secured their place in England’s second tier for another year.
The Bulls took the lead in the 17th minute when Steve Crossley barreled his way through the Rams defence to score a simple try. Joe Keyes was on kicking duty for the Bulls and he duly put his first kick through the posts to put Bradford 6-0 up.
Another former Dewsbury player added to the Rams woes just a few minutes later when Matty Wildie scooted over the whitewash to score a simple try. Keyes again converted the kick putting the tally at 12-0 to the Bulls.
The Rams tried to create attacks but were let down by poor passing at the last moment or the odd knock on. It took Bradford another ten minutes to get on the score sheet when Ross Peltier grabbed his try of the afternoon. The big man charged over the line to extend the Bulls lead by four. Keyes was again on hand to kick the conversion to make the score 18-0 now to Bradford.
Half time came and went and whilst the Rams pressed early in the opening moments in the second half it was the visitors who grabbed the next try. Elliott Minchella loves a try and scored his on the 48th minute. Keyes converted the kick which extended the Bradford Bulls lead to 24-0.
Three minutes later though Liam Johnson scored for the Rams on his debut for the club, Johnson who has been out for most of the season with an ACL injury finally got to pull on the famous Red, Amber and Black. He swooped in with a terrific drive to the line and planted the ball down to score a great try. Liam Finn kicked the conversion attempt which meant the Rams were off the mark in the game.
The hopeful fight back didn’t last long as just five minutes later on the 56th minute the Bulls grabbed another try, this time Brandon Pickersgill going over the whitewash. Keyes missed his conversion attempt, which meant the score now stood at Dewsbury Rams 6-28 Bradford Bulls.
Bradford extended their lead on the 62nd minute when Ross Oakes came up with the next try of the day, he found a gap and flopped over the line to give the Bulls another four points on the scoreboard. Keyes did convert his kick to make the score 6-34 to Bradford.
The Rams did pull one try back two minutes from time as Adam Ryder stormed through the Bulls defence to grab his try of the afternoon. Finn missed the conversion attempt to mean the final score ended Dewsbury Rams 10-34 Bradford Bulls.
After a week break, the Rams will be back in action against Toulouse in France before then playing Widnes at home on the 8th September at the Tetley’s Stadium.