Dewsbury Rams were victorious in their second Betfred Championship fixture of the 2020 season when they won away at Halifax on a cold Yorkshire Tuesday night.
The Rams were determined to back up their impressive performance on the opening weekend against Leigh Centurions. Lee Greenwood’s men looked focused and ready to play during the warm ups.
It was Dewsbury who went ahead in the 4th minute as Paul Sykes kicked over a penalty from 40 meters out after Matty Gee was held down in a tackle, the score was 2-0 to the Rams.
Halifax were putting pressure on the Rams as they were attacking down the right wing in particular.
However the Rams defended well and eventually doubled their lead on the 21st minute, Sykes again kicking over a penalty kick as Halifax were penalized for interference.
Sykes kicked another penalty on the 26th minute as Keven Larroyer was sin-binned for interference, with that successful kick the Rams were leading 6-0.
Just before half time both sides were down a man as Dom Speakman for the Rams and Scott Grix for Fax were sent off for fighting.
The home side came out firing in the second half as Scott Murrell ghosted through a gap to score five minutes into the second period. James Woodburn-Hall kicked the conversion to add the extra points making the score 6-6-.
Halifax managed to get through the Rams defence again just four minutes later as Jodie Broughton burst through Dewsbury’s back line to score, Woodburn-Hall once again converted the kick making it 12-6 to Halifax.
On the 52nd minute Dewsbury scored a try of their own as dual-reg player Matty Gee span out of a tackle and put the ball down. Sykes converted the kick to put the extra’s on the score, meaning the tally was now at 12-12.
Jodie Broughton scored another try on the 57th minute to put Fax ahead once again. Woodburn-Hall this time missed his conversion meaning the score stood at 16-12 to Halifax.
Dewsbury scored their second try of the evening when Andy Gabriel patted down after chasing Joe Martin’s kick, which wasn’t dealt with by Halifax’s Woodburn-Hall. Paul Sykes added the goal, the Rams lead 16-18.
Halifax tried all they could to score in the last five minutes however the Rams defence stepped up well and defended the lead until the end.
Our next fixture is up at Whitehaven in the Challenge Cup.