These two teams start their Championship Shield stint outside of the relegation zone and they will both be striving for a good start. Dewsbury lost to Leigh in the final round of the regular season while Swinton were beaten by Batley Bulldogs.
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Dewsbury Rams will have known the challenge at hand when they travelled to Leigh Sports Village for a date with League Leaders Shield winners Leigh Centurions. The Rams lost 58-0 and were 28-0 down at the break after an hat-trick from Gregg McNally and lone scores courtesy of Reni Maitua and Greg Worthington. In the second period, Adam Higson notched an hat-trick of his own before Ben Reynolds and Micky Higham rounded off the game with a try apiece.
Swinton Lions were on the receiving end of a 62-24 scoreline against Batley Bulldogs at Heywood Road. Swinton did break the deadlock through Shaun Robinson but it was all rather one way traffic after that. Alistair Leak, Chris Ulugia and Wayne Reittie all crossed the whitewash for the Bulldogs before Swinton’s Andy Thornley was sent to the sin-bin. Pat Walker kicked a penalty goal for the visitor before Leak and Shaun Squires both touched down. Josh Barlow ended the half with his side’s second try of the contest as the Lions headed into half-time 30-12 down. Following the restart, Batley notched three scores on the bounce thanks to Ulugia, Brad Day and James Brown Thornley responded for Swinton by scoring a four pointer but Barlow was in the sin-bin soon after for punching. Shaun Ainscough helped himself to two tries, either side of a Matty Beharrell score, before Dominic Brambani finished the contest with a deserved four pointer.
Dewsbury’s half-back partnership against Leigh was Dominic Speakman and Bobbie Goulding. Both players are rather young and whether they will be picked to go up against Swinton remains to be seen. The Lions went with Ben White and Matty Beharrell in the halves when they faced Batley. The forwards always play a big part in the success of the half-backs but these four talented players, should they be selected, will provide good opportunities for their fellow teammates.
After defeats in the final round of regular season matches, both teams know the importance of getting back to winning ways as soon as possible. Dewsbury, like they have been for the past few years now, have been hit and miss with their performances while Swinton have shown their worth in the division throughout the campaign – Dewsbury by 10
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