Dewsbury Rams produced a fantastic all-round display as they defeated London Broncos 24-12 to complete a Kingstone Press Championship double over the full-timers.
Dewsbury played an hour of the game with 12 men following the controversial sending off of full-back Ryan Fieldhouse but defended superbly to restrict London to two breakaway tries.
Dewsbury took a sixth minute lead when Brett Seymour’s neat short pass sent Karl Pryce striding over for the 100th try of his career. Seymour converted.
Rangy centre Pryce then plucked a Broncos pass out of the air and literally walked to the try line to plant the ball between the posts, with Seymour converting.
London immediately hit back as Wes Naiqama intercepted a pass and raced 90 metres to the try line and he tagged on the conversion to reduce the Rams lead to 12-6.
Filedhouse was clattered by a head high tackle which went unpunished and when he felled London’s William Barthau soon after, referee Tom Crashley incensed Rams supporters by showing the full-back a red card.
Tempers became frayed with Broncos full-back Elliot Kear and Dewsbury’s Stephen Nash both sin-binned for a brawl in the London in-goal area.
But it was while the Rams were down to 11 men that they grabbed a third try when Nathan Conroy nipped over from acting half-back and Seymour converted as Dewsbury led 18-6 at half-time.
Seymour landed an early second half penalty to stretch the lead and London could feel fortunate when Elliot Minchella was only shown a yellow card after he appeared to strike Rams half-back Anthony Thackeray following a tackle.
Seymour tagged on a second penalty only for London to hit back as Oscar Thomas finished off a sweeping move with a try between the posts, despite strong claims of two forward passes in the build. Naiqama tagged on the goal.
Seymour struck a post with a penalty attempt but eased Rams nerves when he converted after London were again penalised and Dewsbury held on for a superb win.
Dewsbury Rams: Fieldhouse; Morton, Pryce, Hale, Scott; Seymour, Thackeray; Nash, Wildie, Hepworth, L Adamson, T Adamson, Brown. Subs: Conroy, Farrell, B Smith, Jackson.
London Broncos: Kear; Williams, Hellewell, Naiqama, Macani; Thomas, Barthau; Wallace, Nasso, Thackray, Walton, Garside, Minchella. Subs: Cunningham, Davis, Riley, Walker.
Referee: Tom Crashley.