Dewsbury Rams secured a vital win over Swinton Lions on Sunday afternoon with the game finishing 40-7 to Dewsbury. Neil Kelly’s men scored 34 points unanswered in the second half to produce a fantastic second half display and grab all the points in their first Super 8s fixture.
The first half was a scrappy affair, but it was the home side who nearly scored the first points of the afternoon on the 11th minute. Daniel Igbinedion charged through the Lions defence to score. However the referee pulled play back as he thought Igbinedion had made a double movement.
It was the Lions who come close to scoring next when Micheal Butt charged over the line, but play was again brought back as a forward pass was identified earlier on in the move.
Swinton scored the first points of the game on the 17th minute when Luke Watherworth dived over the line after finding a gap in the Rams defence to score. Robert Fairclough converted the kick to add the extra’s and the score stood at Dewsbury 0-6 Swinton.
Dewsbury weren’t behind for long as Robbie Ward crossed the line on the 24th minute to score. Paul Sykes was again on kicking duty for the Rams and duly put away the first conversion to make the scores level.
Both teams had various chances after that, but it would be a drop goal from Joshua Woods which separated the teams at halftime.
Dewsbury took the lead just five minutes into the second half, Dom Speakman finding a gap after James Glover had passed him the ball to score. Sykes converted the kick, making the score 12-7 to Dewsbury.
The Rams extended their lead six minutes later when Adam Ryder powered his way over the whitewash to score. After receiving a quick ball from the scrum, Ryder wasn’t messing about as he charged over the line. Sykes again converted the kick for the two points bringing the score up to 18-7 to Dewsbury.
The Rams weren’t done there, Aaron Brown crashed over the line in the 57th minute to score his try of the afternoon, Sykes again kicked the conversion adding to the home sides tally.
By this point in the game, Dewsbury were the dominant team, and Gareth Potts got himself on the score sheet in the 66th minute, as he crossed the line in the right hand corner. Sykes unfortunately missed his conversion this time, setting the score at 28-7 to Dewsbury.
The Rams scored again on the 72nd minute when Micheal Knowles forced his way over the line to score a great try. Sykes made sure he didn’t miss his kick this time, and the extra two points made the score 34-7 to Dewsbury.
The final action of the game came five minutes from the end when Josh Guzdek waltzed his way through the Swinton defence to grab his try of the day. Sykes kick the extra’s making the final score 40-7 to the Rams.
Next week the Rams take on local rivals Batley Bulldogs at Mount Pleasant, 3pm kick off.
Credit: Simon Kerr’s photo