Dewsbury 24 London 12: 12-man Rams defeat London in fractious contest

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Dewsbury Rams produced a fantastic all-round display as they defeated London Broncos 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.

Fieldhouse 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 before Oscar Thomas scored a try and Naiqama tagged on the goal with Seymour striking a post with a penalty attempt before finally landing another.

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 (RFL).

Attendance: 910.

Star man, Danny McGuire. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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