Dewsbury Rams need a draw to seal a spot in the Championship Shield semi-finals while Oldham’s job of securing their second tier status is complete after beating Whitehaven in round six.
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Dewsbury Rams bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Whitehaven with a 38-22 victory over Sheffield Eagles at SHU Sports Park. Glenn Morrison’s men were 26-10 up at half-time after tries from Scott Hale, Etu Uaisele, Toby Adamson, Aaron Brown and Lucas Walshaw while the Eagles got on the scoresheet through Menzie Yere and Ryan Millar. Shane Grady extended Dewsbury’s lead in the second half with a penalty goal before Sheffield hit back with Millar’s second try of the afternoon as well as a Cory Aston four pointer which brought the hosts to within eight points of the Rams. But, with eight minutes left on the clock, Tom Hemingway touched down to seal the win for Dewsbury and he also kicked a penalty goal soon after following Steve Thorpe’s sin-binning for dissent.
Oldham beat Whitehaven 20-18 at Bower Fold to send the Cumbrians down to League 1 with their neighbours Workington Town. The Roughyeds had a 14-6 lead at the halfway stage following tries from Phil Joy and Liam Thompson as well as a penalty goal from Lewis Palfrey. Ugo Perez crossed the whitewash for Whitehaven’s only try of the first half. After the restart, Adam Clay furthered Oldham’s lead with his side’s third score of the contest but Haven hit back with two tries in nine minutes from Liam Carberry and James Newton. There wasn’t to be a final twist in the tale though as Scott Naylor’s men confirmed their Championship status for next season.
The battle of the prop forwards should be an intriguing one at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. When the likes of Matt Groat, Toby Adamson, Jack Teanby and Tony Tonks are all on form then the Rams are very tough to handle while Oldham also have talent in their ranks with Phil Joy, Tyler Dickinson, Jack Spencer and Michael Ward.
Dewsbury will be wanting to end the Shield season on a high, especially after beating Sheffield rather convincingly last weekend. The Roughyeds come into the game with a renewed sense of confidence and they’re in a no-lose situation after avoiding relegation – Dewsbury by 14
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