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Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams Preview

These two teams have squared off twice so far in 2016 and both have picked up victories against each other so who will win the decider? The Eagles were big winners against Workington Town in round five while Dewsbury Rams had an uncomfortable afternoon against Whitehaven.

Last Time Out

Sheffield Eagles hammered Workington Town 62-0 at SHU Sports Park to seal the visitors’ relegation fate. Mark Aston’s men were 36-0 u at the break after tries from Michael Knowles, Duane Straugheir, Matty Fozard and Rhys Jacks as well as a brace courtesy of Quentin Laulu-Togagae. Following the interval, Garry Lo sealed an hat-trick to take his side over the 50 point mark. Thibaut Margalet and Laulu-Togagae scored the final two tries of the game to complete a good day’s work.

Dewsbury Rams suffered a shock 56-12 loss at the hands of relegation-threatened Whitehaven. The Rams were 10-6 down at half-time after a lone try from Jack Teanby. Dave Allen registered a brace for the Cumbrians to put them ahead. Teanby’s second try of the game on 47 minutes put Dewsbury in front for a short time but Haven soon got their act together and really put Dewsbury under the pump. James Newton, Dion Aiye, Anthony Walker, Ted Chapelhow, Ben Davies, Glenn Riley all scored tries, as did Carl Forster on two occasions.

Key Battle

Matty Fozard and Eagles academy product Greg Burns shared the hooking duties on Sunday as the South Yorkshire club defeated Workington. Fozard has become a fans favourite at SHU Sports Park for the passion he shows on the pitch every week while Burns will be hoping to follow in his footsteps after making his first appearance of the year. Dewsbury started with Tom Hemingway at dummy-half, and Nathan Conroy coming off the bench. The duo will be hoping to lead their side to a victory after what will have been a tough few days of training.


Despite their off-field worries, Sheffield have produced some good results in the Shield considering they were in danger of relegation at the start of it all. The Eagles attack was in full swing last weekend so the Rams will be wanting to tighten up on the defensive end to say the least. Glenn Morrison will have been fuming with his side after their awful showing in round five. Will they make amends this week? – Sheffield by 14

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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