Dewsbury Rams have more options for semis

Gareth Moore
Gareth Moore
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A SUCCESSFUL return from injury by half-back Gareth Moore has given Dewsbury Rams a lift ahead of their Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-final at Toulouse Olympique on Saturday.

Moore has been sidelined due to a shoulder problem, but the specialist-kicking playmaker made his comeback in the 29-22 win at Oldham which brought the curtain down on Rams’ league campaign.

Neil Kelly

Neil Kelly

“He played about 50 minutes,” coach Neil Kelly said.

“He came through all right and played really well and our kicking game improved as a result.”

Kelly added: “Michael Knowles, who filled in part of the game for Gareth, saw us home. I don’t think we would have won if he had not played.

“We have ended our three-game losing run and I was really pleased to come away from Oldham with two points and a workmanlike performance.”

Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles

Former Goole Rugby Union Club winger Tom Halliday made his debut and Kelly enthused: “He scored the winning try and his overall performance was really positive.

“He did everything I asked of him and he will get better now he has got the first game out of his system. It was a creditable debut from him.”

Rams’ only new fitness concern surrounds prop Toby Everett. Kelly said: “He has got a shoulder injury, but we are not sure how severe.”

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