A RECORD CROWD of 4,068 packed into the Tetley’s Stadium on Easter Monday to see Dewsbury Rams lose 30-16 to high-flying Bradford Bulls.
The sun was beaming down, and it was Bradford who made a red-hot start to proceedings.
James Lowes’ team looked to have taken the lead inside the first minute, when Etu Uaisele broke clear from inside his own half. However the winger was hauled down short of the line and Dewsbury survived.
In response Glenn Morrison’s side threw everything at the visitors, Scott Hale playing in the centres went close but couldn’t produce a try.
On 13 minutes the Bulls were rewarded for their defensive efforts. Jay Pitts finished off some work from half-backs Lee Gaskell and Harry Siejka to break the deadlock.
Ryan Shaw goaled and he was called into action again, just past the half-hour mark, when Uaisele dived over in the corner, but his conversion attempt swung wide.
Despite losing 10-0, the Rams remained positive. As the visitors were on the attack, a looping pass from Gaskell was snatched out the air by Dale Morton and the Dewsbury winger went 60 metres to score beneath the posts.
Morton added the extras, meaning the Rams were trailing by just four points with the score at 10-6 in favour of the Bulls, going into half-time.
As the game resumed, the Bulls made a great start to the second half, Gaskell ripped through the home side’s defence and the half-back eventually powered over from close range. Shaw added the extras, making it 16-6.
Rams forward Byron Smith hit back for Dewsbury as the substitute charged his way over to score. Again Morton converted to keep his side in touching distance.
However the Bulls hit back, again Gaskell in the thick of it, moving Bradford up the field with a well-worked 40-20.
On 68 minutes Dewsbury’s hopes of a comeback took a huge knock. Full-back Shaw finished another neat passing move to score for the Bulls. He was unable to convert his own try and Bradford remained in control with the score at 20-12.
The Rams’ fate was sealed when loose-forward Danny Addy scored a quick-fire double to secure the Bulls’ seventh straight victory. Shaw managed to land another conversion.
Morrison’s side didn’t give up without a fight, and with the full-time whistle near, Dewsbury crossed for a last-minute consolation try through Jason Crookes.
Tom Hemingway’s conversion attempt hit the post, as the Rams missed out on a Easter double, going down to their West Yorkshire rivals.