Kingstone Press Championship/League 1 Shields: Hunslet and Rams run up big scores as Bulldogs lose healthy lead

Full-back Jimmy Watson scored a hat-trick of tries in the 32-18 win over Gloucestershire All Golds.
Full-back Jimmy Watson scored a hat-trick of tries in the 32-18 win over Gloucestershire All Golds.

Full-back Jimmy Watson scored a hat-trick as Hunslet came from behind to see off Gloucestershire All Goulds 32-18 in the League One Shield.

Dean Roberts came off the bench to also get on the scoresheet for Hunslet, who were 12-10 down at half-time.

Dewsbury's Paul Sykes. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Dewsbury's Paul Sykes. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Stand-off Joe Sanderson opened the scoring for Hunslet and finished with a couple of tries to his credit and four conversions from the team’s six-try triumph. Hunslet are top of the Shield table, a point ahead of second-and-third-placed sides London Skolars and North Wales Crusaders.

In the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, Dewsbury Rams continued their impressive turnaround with a 35-28 victory over Sheffield Eagles at Wakefield.

Rams, who turned around 18-10 up, scored six tries to Sheffield’s five, with Paul Sykes landing five conversions and – just to keep the Eagles with a little too much to do – adding a drop goal for good measure.

Incredibly, neighbours Batley Bulldogs saw a 22-6 half-time lead wiped out as Oldham Roughyeds turned the tables on their hosts to finish with a creditable point under their belts; it finished 22 apiece.

Pat Walker, of Batley Bulldogs.

Pat Walker, of Batley Bulldogs.

Centre Jason Crookes opened the scoring for Batley, who added further tries before half-time through prop Will Maher, playmaker Dom Brambani and full-back Dave Scott. Half-back Pat Walker kicked three conversions.

Despite defeat, Batley remain second in the Shield table behind leaders Toulouse – 34 points to the Bulldogs’ 27.

Dewsbury stand fourth on the ladder on 22 points, just two behind third-placed Sheffield Eagles thanks to Sunday’s triumph by the Rams.

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