Dewsbury Rams end Sheffield Eagles hoodoo with terrific win

Anthony Thackeray scored a terrific individual try.
Anthony Thackeray scored a terrific individual try.

Dewsbury Rams made a winning start to the Kingstone Press Championship, overcoming a determined Sheffield Eagles 19-10 at Tetley’s Stadium.

The Rams fought back from 10-0 down to lead 12-10 at half-time before nilling the Eagles in the second half..

It was a memorable success for Glenn Morrison’s men, ending a 16-match winless run against Sheffield.

Scott Turner grabbed the first try of the new era, latching onto a Kyle Briggs kick to cross in the corner, with Dom Brambani’s touchline conversion rattling the left post.

The Eagles struck again on the half hour when a Briggs kick dribbled towards the try line and Patch Walker pounced before the Rams defence to score, with Brambani converting.

Grant bagged his first try, latching onto a neat Matty Wildie kick to the in-goal area, with Tom Hemingway converting from wide out.

Scrum-half Anthony Thackeray then produced a piece of individual brilliance, dummying over for a try, with Hemingway’s conversion edging the Rams ahead.,

Both sides had chances after the break but defences thwarted the attempts.

Thackeray landed a 65th minute drop-goal to give Dewsbury a three-point lead.

In a tense finale, Sheffield knocked on close to their line and Wildie produced a superb long pass to send Grant over for his second try in the final minute.

Hemingway curled over a brilliant touchline goal with the last kick of the game as the Rams celebrated a winning start.

Dewsbury Rams: Pryce; Grant, Crookes, Grady, Morton; Wildie. Thackeray; Haggarty, Hemingway, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Brown. Subs: Wood, Farrell, Adamson, Aizue.

Sheffield Eagles: Laulu Togagae; Turner, Yere, Smeaton, Taulapapa; Briggs, Brambani; Battye, Davey, Thorpe, Knowles, Straugheir, Walker. Subs: Aston, Blagbrough, Tonks, Musolino.

Referee: Matthew Thomason.

Attendance: 1,309