Dewsbury Rams rounded off a horrible Easter period for Sheffield Eagles by defeating the South Yorkshire side 34-16 at the Tetley’s Stadium on Monday.
It took five minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock through Dale Morton. The conversion from Paul Sykes was off target. On the 20 minute mark, Dewsbury doubled their advantage thanks to a Dalton Grant four pointer. Sykes added the extras. Sheffield needed a score in response and they got just that when Dave Hewitt crossed the chalk. Michael Knowles cut the deficit by two more points with the conversion. The cardinal sin of conceding before half-time returned for the Eagles as Morton touched down for his second score of the afternoon. After the hooter had sounded, Sykes struck a sweet conversion to make the half-time score 16-6 in favour of the hosts.
The first try of the second half went the way of the Eagles, and winger Rob Worrincy. Knowles was way off target with his conversion attempt. On the hour mark, as an important final quarter loomed, a simple play out of dummy-half bamboozled the Eagles defence and Shane Grady was in support to score. Sykes converted, as he did two minutes later following yet another try for the Rams. Quick hands down the left hand side ripped Sheffield to shreds and Joel Farrell was left with a walk-in through a gaping hole. At 28-10 down, there was hardly any reason to believe that the Eagles could get back in the game with 15 minutes to go. However, good interplay between Cory Aston and Mitch Stringer sent Knowles over the line to give some hope to the cause. The conversion was good and there was two scores separating the sides with ten minutes left on the clock. A Sykes drop goal attempt went wide as the hosts looked to see out the game and, a few minutes later, they had succeeded when the former Super League regular slotted over a penalty goal. With seconds remaining, Luke Adamson capped off a great day at the office for Dewsbury with a try. Sykes couldn’t convert but, in terms of the match’s end result, it was meaningless nonetheless.
Prediction – Sheffield by 14
Result – Dewsbury by 18