Dewsbury Rams took advantage of the extra man as they defeated Sheffield Eagles 30:20 in Betfred Championship Shield at the Olympic Legacy Park on Friday.
The high fighting spirit didn’t last long after Illiess Macani was sin-binned for fulminating a tackle.
Paul Sykes made his mark for the first time in his five successful conversions.
A few minutes later, Josh Toole’s quick anticipation was noted when he grabbed a neat pass to find his way through an opening and raced for an unconverted triply in the right corner.
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Before half-time, the Eagles hit the front as they cascaded the Rams to drop out and pushed for another counter attack which led to Macani racing down the touchline; he avoided several attacks effortlessly by Dewsbury’s defense before scoring a fine try.
Oscar Thomas put the Eagles in front after the break by landing the conversion.
The Rams replied four minutes after the re-start as Ryder successfully broke through the defense and sent Brad Delaney racing away for a try which Sykes improved.
Not quite long after Dominic Speakman came in as a substitute, Dewsbury extended their lead as a clean tactical run in was made among Dominic, Jack Teanby and Sykes, with Daniel Igbinedion kicking through to score against is former club.
Sykes converted afterwards.
Simon Brown’s grubbed kick was anticipated by Thomas before converting successfully to reduce the gap to 18-16.
The visitor’s tension reduced after Robbie Ward forced his way over a try between the post. Sykes again converted easily.
Delaney flitted over from short distance as he helped his team to seal the victory before Sykes converted again. A little bit of show of entertainment perhaps a consolation was grabbed by Macani. However Thomas wasn’t at his best as he missed conversion.
The victory gave Rams the much needed point which placed them above the Eagles in fourth place in the Shield standing.