Dewsbury Rams 24 (8)
Doncaster RLFC 8 (2)
Tetley’s Stadium, Dewsbury
Kingstone Press Championship
Doncaster’s fine unbeaten run of four games – including three on the road – came to a shuddering halt in West Yorkshire as top eight contenders Dewsbury ran in five tries.
The host’s stand off Anthony Thackeray did most of the damage for Glenn Morrison’s men, who were too strong for Paul Cooke’s Dons, whose only try came through Liam Watts.
Heat and humidity made the opening exchanges laborious and the first half lasted over fifty minutes as a result of a late challenge on Doncaster’s Russ Spiers who was stretchered from the field of play with concussion.
The referee didn’t deem the offence worthy of a card; however, Dave Scott slotted the resultant penalty over after 32 minutes.
Thackeray got his first of the afternoon just moments later though as he scampered clear of the trailing Dons defenders to ground in the corner. Although five-eighth Tom Hemingway missed the conversion, his side had their tails up heading in to the break and furthered their advantage with Kyle Briggs’ score; the former Dons player on loan from Featherstone scooting from a scrum after the visitors had knocked on.
Another miss from Hemingway ensured that the Dons only trailed by six points at the break.
An error strewn fifteen minutes from the visitors at the start of the second period put paid to any hopes they had of extending their impressive streak of results.
Wing Dale Morton carved Doncaster open down the left and gave the hosts the impetus to send Callan Becket over before the visitors pressed the self-destruct button.
Handling errors gave Dewsbury an invite that they wouldn’t refuse and Becket’s centre partner Shane Grady sauntered in to rub salt in the wounds.
Rams substitute Rob Spicer spent ten minutes in the sin-bin for a late shoulder with just twenty minutes left to play but Doncaster couldn’t maximise their numerical advantage.
Although Watts was sent over from a scrum ten metres out, the deficit – regrettably – was only going to be increased.
Makali Aizue powered his way up field to lay the platform for Thackeray to have the final and deserving word on his – and his side’s – afternoon.
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