Dewsbury 14 Doncaster 6: Rams hang on to fourth spot after fending off Doncaster challenge

Jason Crookes, scorer of a vital, final try for Dewsbury against Doncaster.

Jason Crookes, scorer of a vital, final try for Dewsbury against Doncaster.

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Dewsbury Rams ground out a hard-fought victory over Doncaster to keep hold of fourth spot in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Doncaster went close to picking up a first point of the season, but with Dewsbury leading 10-6 late in the game, the visitors mounted an attack, which resulted in prop Matt Gaunt crashing over for what appeared to be a vital 76th minute try only for it to be disallowed for a knock-on.

Dewsbury moved swiftly to the other end where they won a penalty and, after Luke Adamson went close by the posts, Rams moved left and Rob Spicer sent Jason Crookes over for the match-clinching score. Dewsbury had earlier taken an 18th minute lead. Doncaster were penalised and when Mike Emmett spoke out of turn, play was marched 10 metres farther downfield and the hooker was sin-binned.

Dewsbury created space and Scott Hale was sent through a gap for the opening try, which Brett Seymnour converted.

The Dons drew level when full-back Dave Scott broke and sent Jansin Turgut charging to the line. Scott’s conversion levelled matters at 6-6 at half-time.

The stalemate remained until the 63rd minute, with a superb individual try from Dale Morton. The winger received a pass wide on the right, side-stepped a defender and beat two more before diving in at the corner. Seymour scuffed his conversion wide but the Rams held a slender lead. Tempers threatened to boil over before Crookes sealed victory with a try two minutes from time.

Dewsbury Rams: Fieldhouse; Morton, Crookes, Pryce, Grant; Seymour, Thackeray; Haggarty, Wildie, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, L Adamson. Subs: Conroy, Farrell, Smith, Aizue.

Doncaster: Scott; Doherty, Welham, Gildey, Fox; Kesik, Cunningham; Groat, Emmett, Clark, Kelly, Turgut, Dunn. Subs: Spiers, Carbutt, Foster, Sanderson.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

Attendance: 763.