Rams fight back to clinch victory

MANOFTHEMATCH James Craven scored tries in either half as Dewsbury won ugly to make it three from five in a 168 victory.

But this fullblooded West Yorkshire derby was far from straight forward the Tetley’s Stadium outfit, who were forced to overturn a firsthalf deficit.

Head coach Warren Jowitt made 11 changes to his Rams side which was demolished in the capital the weekend before.

Leeds Rhinos loanee Liam  Hood was named on the bench, while cocaptain Dwayne Barker made a return from injury.

Hunslet ended a 16minute stalemate through Joe McLocklan, who landed a penalty goal to make it 20.

Rams went close through Greg Scott shortly after but persistence, in the end, paid off as Craven leaped highest to collect a Scott Spaven bomb on the halfhour. Patch Walker added the extras, 10 metres in from touch.

Undeterred, the South Leeds outfit hit back just four minutes later when McLocklan sent John Oakes crashing over from close range.

A comedy of errors occurred early in the second period as the two sides desperately went in search of another breakthrough.

However it was Dewsbury who were next to score.

Walker hoofed a kick downfield and Craven was on hand to superbly collect, again.

The fullback darted 20 metres to slide over beneath the uprights.

In a bid to put matters beyond doubt, Dewsbury upped the ante and got over the line for a third time.

Craven went from scorer to provider as he combined with centre Ayden Fall, who fired wide to wingman Buchanan. 

Walkerís conversion attempt sailed wide of the mark but the damage was already done.

And Rams held out to claim a vital victory which sees them up to fourth in the Championship ladder.

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