GLENN MORRISON hailed his Dewsbury side’s defence as they picked up their “most important win of the season” with a 24-8 win at home to third-placed Doncaster, writes Matthew Newton.
Anthony Thackeray’s brace led the way for Morrison’s men as they got back to winning ways and moved up to fifth position in the Championship table.
“We have been able to score points pretty easily,” said Rams’ boss Morrison.
“Today was about getting our defence back in order and to keep a side like Doncaster to one try says a lot. We’ve had a tough eight weeks playing all the top sides and we had to get through that with as many points as we could.
“We got the basics right today. If we go set for set with teams we’ll compete with anyone. We knew we had to get in their faces and out-work them and that’s what we did.
“Our line-speed and our defence was as good as it has been all season and if we keep that up we’ll be looking up the table instead of behind us.”
Chances were few and far between early on. Nev Morrison had a try chalked off for a forward pass from Liam Cunningham in the build-up and Tom Hemingway kicked two 40/20s for the Rams to no avail.
A breakthrough was made on 26 minutes after play was delayed when Doncaster substitute Russ Spiers was knocked unconscious
following a collision with Dewsbury’s Stephen Nash, who was given a telling off by the official.
Dave Scott knocked over the penalty from under the sticks to put the away side ahead.
Their lead was short-lived, though, as Thackeray scored a brilliant individual try just three minutes later. The scrum half sold a dummy on the halfway line to break through the Doncaster defence and dive over in the right hand corner.
The Rams’ advantage was extended just before the break by another impressive solo effort.
This time it was Thackeray’s half back partner Kyle Briggs, on loan from Featherstone Rovers, who tricked the opposition with a clever feint straight from a scrum before darting over.
Six minutes after the interval the hosts widened the gap when Callan Becket crashed over for an instinctive try.
Winger Dale Morton bumped of several would-be tacklers before being stopped a metre short of the line and Becket was alert to barge his way over from dummy half.
Hemingway was successful with the conversion on the third time of asking to put his side 14-2 ahead.
Shane Grady put another try on the board for Dewsbury on 54 minutes from a Karl Pryce pass before the home side were reduced to 12 men when Rob Spicer, who was returning from a month on the sidelines, was sin-binned for an off the ball shot on dual-registered Jacob Miller.
The away side took advantage of the extra man and eventually got their only try of the game. Prop Liam Watts, borrowed from Super League club Hull FC, forced his way over from close range on the hour mark.
The game was wrapped up by star performer Thackeray with five minutes to go. After Makali Aizue had got the Rams close with a driving run, Thackeray spotted a gap and stretched to touch down before Hemingway’s second goal of the afternoon made the score 24-8.