Eagles hamper Rams top four chances

DEWSBURY RAMS slumped to their second defeat in five days as they lost to top four rivals Sheffield Eagles 15-8.

The win for the Eagles sees them go four points clear in third, while Dewsbury remain sixth, two behind Featherstone, having played a game more.

It was a slow start, with both teams failing to keep control of the ball and it wasn’t until the half-hour mark when the deadlock was broken.

Dewsbury half-back Brett Seymour chose to go for the two points after the Rams were given a penalty in front of the Sheffield posts.

It wasn’t long before the hosts - who this season are playing their home games at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium – got some points of their own.

Former Dewsbury player Kyle Briggs put in a low kick to the corner which found another ex-Ram in winger Scott Turner, who dived over to score.

Both sides went into half-time knowing the game was there for the taking, with Mark Aston’s side just ahead 4-2.

The home team came out for the restart all fired up, as forwards Eddie Battye and James Davey battered into the Rams’ defence, before the ball found its way to Papua New Guinea international Menzie Yere, and the powerful centre went over for a try. Briggs failed to add the extras again.

In a game dominated by handling errors and penalties Sheffield still continued to ask questions of the Dewsbury defence, but Glenn Morrison’s team battled on as they went in search of an opening.

With 13 minutes left of the game influencial Rams scrum-half Anthony Thackeray looked to take on the defence and found a gap to score under the Sheffield sticks. Seymour converted to draw the Rams level at 8-8.

A draw seemed a fair result for either side, but in the final minutes Sheffield looked the more likely to snatch the win. And this is exactly what they did.

Former Featherstone centre Sam Smeaton with ball in hand passed to flying winger Rob Worrincy, who crashed over for the decisive score and when Briggs added the goal, the Eagles were 14-8 in front with just minutes to spare.

Briggs had an opportunity to extend his side’s lead, but his penalty attempt 50 metres out dropped short and into the path of Dale Morton.

Dewsbury’s fate was sealed when Dalton Grant dropped the ball, and another former Dewsbury player, Dominic Brambani, slotted home a drop goal to give the Eagles the win.

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