Dewsbury Rams will head into Sunday’s Championship Shield semi-final in fine form following a 27-14 victory over play-off rivals Workington.
The Rams bounced back from their disappointing defeat to Doncaster to sign off their league campaign on a high.
Any thoughts that the Rams would take things easy ahead of their most important game of the season were banished early on as they ran in two quickfire tries.
The Rams led inside nine minutes when Aaron Brown collected Anthonty Thackeray’s neat short pass to step over for the opening try.
Centre Ete Uaisele produced a terrific run to put Dewsbury back on the attack and Ryan Fieldhouse benefited when an attempted interception went loose, as the full-back picked up the ball to score.
Tom Hemingway, returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, converted as the Rams led 10-0.
Dalton Grant then showed his strength to force his way over for the Rams’ third try of the game.
The Rams pressed home their advantage when Uaisele charged at the Workington defence and managed to plant the ball down under a host of bodies.
Dale Morton hammered over a 38th minute penalty and the Rams were well on course for victory, leading 20-0 at half-time.
Town hit back soon after the break when Whiteley crashed over for an unconverted try.
Dewsbury were in no mood to let Workington begin a fightback and four minutes after conceding a try, they replied at the other end.
The Rams moved play wide and Brown burst through before racing 30 metres, twisting in a tackle and over for his second try. Morton converted.
Brown looked to have been sent over for a hat-trick but play was brought back for a forward pass.
Workington moved wide for Elliot Miller to score his side’s second try and reduce the arrears to 26-8.
Town’s talisman half-back Jarrod Samutstrode over for a 69th minute try, which Carl Forber improved but, unlike the dramatic 20-20 draw between the sides in June, there was to be no repeat.
Dewsbury tightened their defence to keep Workington at bay and the Rams secured victory through Hemingway’s late drop goal.
The Rams now turn their attentions to knock-out rugby and Sunday’s crunch Shield semi-final at home to London Broncos.