Rams force Bulls to work hard for victory

DEWSBURY Rams battled hard against in-form Bradford Bulls but failed to make it a hat-trick of wins over their West Yorkshire rivals this year after losing 36-26 at the Tetley’s Stadium.

In a physical battle between the two sides it was Glenn Morrison’s Rams who took the lead in the sixth minute when pacey winger Dale Morton went over.

But the set back didn’t faze the away side who narrowed the deficit five minutes later thanks to a Jay Pitts touchdown.

But James Glover’s penalty shortly afterwards extended Dewsbury’s advantage.

The away side quickly began to dominate first half proceedings however, and Rohan Smith’s men bagged another try courtesy of Danny Williams.

But against the run of play Dewsbury got themselves back in touch of the visitors with a try through Aaron Brown.

Undeterred, the Bulls quickly asserted their stranglehold on the game once more with two tries in quick succession.

The first came from Ethan Ryan out on the wing, before Williams bagged his second of the afternoon.

But a goal from Glover on the stroke of half-time kept the hosts within four points at the change of ends.

Trailing 18-14 as the second half got underway the hosts were eager to put the Bulls under pressure and prevent their rivals from clinching top spot in the Championship Shield with games to spare.

Dewsbury were awarded two goals early in the second period, but Glover only managed to convert one.

Bradford soon grew into the half however, and Kris Welham, after good work from Dane Chisholm, barged his way over the whitewash.

Addy converted to bring his Bulls points tally past the 400 mark.

Chisholm then went over for a try of his own to put the Bulls in a commanding position.

But in the final 10 minutes Dewsbury rallied to make the Bulls work hard for their win.

First Dom Speakman forced his way over the line, and then Morton ran in his second of the day to give Bradford something to think about. But the visitors handled the pressure well and finished the game on top with Adam O’Brien touching down on the final hooter.

Defeat leaves Dewsbury in fourth but Morrison’s men are just a point clear of Swinton in fifth and have more work to do to secure their place in the play-offs.

Meanwhile the Bulls continue their unbeaten run in the Championship Shield and have guaranteed themselves first place going into the end of season play-offs.

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