Dewsbury too powerful for young Haven

DEWSBURY scored an easy 4810 victory in Cumbria against a youthful Whitehaven side, who are looking ahead to next season having been relegated to Championship One.
The Rams, already safe in the Championship after last week’s win at Leigh had condemned Haven to relegation, were head and shoulders above a side missing a number of players after a contract wrangle.
Not for the first time this season, beleaguered Haven coach Ged Stokes had to turn to the club’s young players in order to field a team, and nobody could question the effort and commitment they showed.
But they were outclassed by the Rams’ backs and outmuscled by their forwards, with the Dewsbury scoring eight tries.
It was the visitors who scored first, powerful prop Keegan Hurst charging on to a ball close to the Haven line and forcing his way over it, Pat Walker adding the first of eight conversions.
Then the inspirational Dominic Brambani stretched out an arm when he looked like he’d be stopped just short on 25 minutes to score their second, again converted by Walker.
It was going to be a long afternoon for the home supporters. They were given a glimmer of hope in the 32nd minute when Dylan Skee dummied and went over for a try, but he couldn’t convert his own score and Haven conceded two more before the break.
Brambani, given so much space to play in by his dominant pack, was totally running the show and had an age on the last tackle to place a bomb deep in the corner and really test young Haven winger Loz Hamzet.
The teenager knocked the ball on as he tried to gather it under immense pressure and from the resulting scrum James Craven joined the line at full back to get over.
Then, after the half time hooter, Haven’s other teenage winger, 17yearold Jay Rossi, showed some inexperience when he gathered a grubber behind his own line and tried to run it back out, when simply kicking it dead would have ended the half.
Rossi was tackled and lost the ball, allowing Rob Spicer a simple touchdown which the ruthless Walker again made good. Rossi can console himself with having learned a valuable lesson in a game where the result didnít really matter.
Strong running second row forward Adam Robinson crossed just three minutes into the second period, again converted by Walker.
But the home team showed some spirit, something which will serve them well if Stokes can keep the nucleus of his young team together. They got their reward on 46 minutes. Scott McAvoy, who was excellent in the centre, came in looking for work again and punched a big hole in the Rams defence, before getting a quick playtheball. Greame Mattinson scooted from half back, just inside his own half, and raced away to score under the posts. Skee this time made good the try.
Haven had some chances after that but, somewhat predictably, they tired badly, allowing the Rams to get further tries from Buchanan (64), Hurst (70) and Brambani (74) all of which Walker converted.
WHITEHAVEN: Derry Eilbeck 6, Loz Hamzet 6, Dexter Miller 6, Scott McAvoy 8, Jay Rossi 6, Tyrone Dalton 6, Dylan Skee 6, Marc Shackley 7, Greame Mattinson 9, Andy Thornley 6, Spencer Miller 6, Howard Hill 6, Leroy Joe 6. Subs: Brad Crellin 6, Steven Fox 7, Danny Bower 6, Kurt Wilton 6
Tries: Skee 32, Mattinson 46. Goals: Skee 1/2.
DEWSBURY: James Craven 8, Bryn Powell 7, Alex Bretherton 7, Scott Turner 7, Austin Buchanan 8, Pat Walker 8, Dominic Brambani 10, Keegan Hurst 9, Luke Blake 7, Anthony England 7, Rob Spicer 8, James Lockwood 8, Ed Barber 7. Subs: Luke Stantion 8, Mike Emmitt 7, John Tonks 7, Adam Robinson 8.
Tries: Hurst 13, 70, Brambani 25, 74, Craven 38, Spicer 40, Robinson 43, Buchanan 64.
Goals: Walker, (8/8)
Referee: M Drizza / HT 424/ Pens 1413/ Weather: Sunny / Sin Bin: None / Sent Off: None / Man of the Match: Dominic Brambani (Dewsbury)/ Attendance 504 / Match Rating 2/5.

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