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Dewsbury Rams v Halifax Preview

An all-West Yorkshire affair at the Tetley’s Stadium in round 18 as Dewsbury Rams host Halifax. The Rams were big winners on home turf last weekend but it was a different story up in Whitehaven for Fax, who could only manage a draw with the Cumbrians.

                                                                Last Time Out

The Rams were 46-10 winners over Oldham Roughyeds on home turf. Glenn Morrison’s men never really looked threatened as they held a 22-0 lead at half-time after tries from Dalton Grant, Dom Speakman and Jason Crookes as well as two penalty goals from Paul Sykes. Etu Uaisele bagged the first try of the second half for the hosts but the Roughyeds soon got off the mark courtesy of a Joe Burke try. Rob Spicer responded with his side’s fifth try of the afternoon before Oldham hooker Gareth Owen was sin-binned on the hour for a high tackle. Andy Kain and Dale Morton both found their way over the whitewash while Owen was absent but the visitors notched the last try of the game through Jamel Chisholm once the dummy-half had returned to the action.

Halifax returned to West Yorkshire with a point after a 12-12 draw with Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground. The Cumbrians were 6-0 up at the halfway mark after a Connor Holliday try after half an hour and things got better for the hosts when the action restarted. Louis Jouffret scored a converted try to double his side’s tally but Fax hit back through Will Sharp before the final quarter arrived. In the dying embers of the match, Gareth Moore cut the deficit to two points which left Steve Tyrer with the chance to steal a share of the spoils. Tyrer was successful with the conversion and Fax finished the weekend in the top four after Featherstone Rovers lost their match with Leigh Centurions.

                                                                Key Battle 

Both Dewsbury and Halifax have two talented wingers that will go head to head at Tetley’s Stadium this weekend. Dale Morton and Dalton Grant were on the flanks for the Rams against Whitehaven, and both players got on the scoresheet with a try apiece. Etu Uaisele, who can play along the three-quarter line, started on the bench but that didn’t stop the former Penrith Panther from registering a four pointer. Halifax were left frustrated after their match with Whitehaven as their expansive game couldn’t be used to its full strength due to the amount of handling errors that were made. Will Sharp and James Saltonstall were the wingers for Halifax, as they went up against Ryan Ince and Craig Calvert. Sharp scored Fax’s first try of the match but Saltonstall had no such luck. Richard Marshall’s side will be looking to make amends on Sunday.

                                                                Prediction 

Halifax finished last season very strong as they sealed their place in the Qualifiers. Their recent form has pointed towards the same result but a draw against Whitehaven will have left a bitter taste in the mouth of the players. Dewsbury have had a few victories recently and Morrison’s men will be hoping to carry on their good work – Dewsbury by 4 

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