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This all West Yorkshire clash comes after both clubs picked up wins away from home in round 13. Dewsbury got the better of Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground while Featherstone dominated London in Ealing to strengthen their place in the top four.

Last Time Out

Dewsbury beat Whitehaven 36-16 in a tough encounter for both sides. Only two tries were scored in the first half and both went to Dewsbury through Dalton Grant and Paul Sykes. Sykes was successful with his conversions and the Rams were 12-0 up at the break. Whitehaven started the second period the stronger side and they levelled the scores up when Craig Calvert and Connor Holliday both notched converted scores. Two tries in quick succession by the Rams restored their 12 point advantage, however. Shane Grady and Sykes once again found their way over the whitewash, and even though Dave Allen scored with ten minutes remaining the Rams still had a two score lead as Louis Jouffret couldn’t convert. Grant and Josh Guzdek finished the game off in style for the visitors with a try apiece. A good day at the office for Glenn Morrison’s men who will be  hoping to string a few wins together.

Featherstone pulled out a brilliant result by beating London at the Big Fellas Stadium. London were favourites heading into the game but Jon Sharp’s troops performed very well and were fully worth their convincing victory. The Rovers had a 24-6 advantage at the break after tries from Jamie Foster, Luke Briscoe, Jack Ormondroyd and Danny Craven. Craven’s try came in the final minute of the half, just a play after London’s Eddie Battye was sent to the sin-bin. London’s only try of the half went to their big back-rower Daniel Harrison. In the second half, Foster kicked a penalty goal to extend his side’s advantage before the Broncos struck their second try of proceedings courtesy of winger Iliess Macani. Featherstone didn’t falter after the early setback, they just went down the other end to score a try of their own. A mistake from Elliot Kear was capitalised on by Briscoe, who registered his second try of the game to make the score 30-12 with the final quarter left to play. Anthony Thackeray furthered Rovers’ lead during the last 20 minutes before Craven and Kear exchanged tries for both sides.

Key Battle

The battle of the full-backs will prove to be very intriguing, and definitely entertaining, at the Tetley’s Stadium this Sunday. Both players are enjoying great seasons with their respective clubs as they’ve ran across the whitewash a number of times to the delight of their fans. Josh Guzdek, bought from Hull Kingston Rovers in the off-season, has proved to be a shrewd signing from coach Glenn Morrison. The youngster is improving by the game and he will be hoping to add to his ever-growing tally of tries this weekend. Danny Craven picked up a couple of tries against London at the weekend and the Widnes loanee will be striving for another great performance in round 14.

Prediction

Dewsbury just haven’t found that consistency to take them to a higher level but a victory over Featherstone this weekend will send out a statement of intent to the other clubs currently above them. Whether or not they can make the top four, coach Morrison will be wanting to see 100% from his players and he will also be hoping for them to upset the applecart at other clubs, including Featherstone. The Rovers seem to be getting better and better as the season goes on but they can’t afford to slack off. Every game is as important as the next and this one could prove to be tricky for them – Featherstone by 10

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