For these two teams, it’s all about strengthening their position and getting as far away from the relegation zone as possible. Both Dewsbury Rams and Swinton Lions lost by two points last weekend. Will this match prove to be just as close?
Last Time Out
Dewsbury Rams lost 22-20 to Workington Town thanks to a last minute converted try from Matthew Gee to steal the game. The Rams had a 14-6 lead at the halfway mark in Cumbria, with tries scored by Dale Morton, Tony Tonks and Lucas Walshaw. Declan Hulme had scored the opener for Workington but the hosts were staring at a two score deficit after 40 minutes. However, two tries without reply from Town put them back in front during the second half. Karl Olstrum and Tee Ritson both touched down for the Zebra Claims Stadium but their joy was short-lived as Rams half-back Andy Kain scythed his way over on 65 minutes. Dewsbury’s lead was only four points and with a minute left on the clock, Gee broke through the line and tied the game. Sammut converted to win the match and give Town a bit of hope for the next month.
Swinton Lions were also on top at half-time in their match against Oldham but the latter came back to win 26-24. Ben White registered two tries in the first half for the Lions before Kieran Gill’s converted try cut the deficit in half. Chris Atkin then slotted over a penalty goal to restore Swinton’s two score lead before the break. In the opening stages of the second half, Oldham prop Michael Ward helped himself to two tries which turned the game on its head. At 18-14 down, Swinton needed to do something and Macauley Hallett did just that as he touched down to level the scores. Richard Lepori was sent to the sin-bin in the immediate aftermath of Hallett’s try, due to the full-back throwing the ball away in frustration. Lepori’s misdemeanour didn’t end up costing his side as Lewis Palfrey kicked a penalty goal before Adam Clay found his way over the whitewash for a converted try. Josh Barlow’s four pointer with five minutes remaining turned up the pressure but Swinton failed in their attempt to find the decisive score.
Dale Morton and Etu Uaisele were the wingers for Dewsbury against Workington last Sunday. The Rams will be looking to get their three-quarters more involved against Swinton, as they can cause some damage in broken field. Morton has the pace and Uaisele has the strength, the mix should cause problems to teams so it will be interesting to see how Swinton handle it. Shaun Robinson and Liam Marshall have been ever-presents for the Lions this season and the duo will be eying up a big performance after last week’s loss.
This is another tough game to predict in round 22 as both sides could do with getting back to winning ways ahead of the final match of the regular season. Dewsbury were a minute away from beating Workington last week and the players will be smarting over that defeat. Swinton currently sit above Dewsbury in the table and this is the perfect opportunity for them to widen the gap – Swinton by 10