Cool Sykes holds his nerve to kick Dewsbury to a narrow victory

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Dewsbury Rams kicked off their Betfred Championship campaign with narrow win over Sheffield Eagles.

The Rams appeared well on course for victory as they led 14-0 at half-time only for Sheffield to turn the game on its head with three tries in 10 second-half minutes.

Earlier, centre James Glover gave Dewsbury a seventh minute lead when he gathered a short pass by Paul Sykes to race through a gap and over for the first try of the season wide out.

Then, a lovely sweeping move ended when winger Rob Worrincy gathered and dived low and over at the right corner and Sykes added a brilliant touchline goal.

Dewsbury added a third try four minutes before half-time as they drove play close to the line and Dominic Speakman sold an outrageous dummy which left a gaping hole for him to cross.

But rapid fire touchdowns by Mark Offerdahl, Joshua Toole and Jake Spedding, after a Sykes error, all superbly converted by Oscar Thomas, put Sheffield in front.

Dewsbury were behind for just four minutes, though, and from the Rams next attack impressive scrum half Gareth Moore produced a sublime cut out pass to Dale Morton, who raced down the touchline and dived in at the corner. Sykes made amends for his earlier mistake by adding a wonderful touchline goal to win it.

Dewsbury Rams: Guzdek; Worrincy, Glover, Hallett, Morton; Sykes, Moore, Sheriffe, Ward, Teanby, Walshaw, Knowles, Brown. Subs: Speakman, Everett, Reilly, Trout.

Sheffield Eagles: Millar; Macani, Spedding, Toole, Blackmore; Aston, Thomas; Lees, Fozard, Magrin, Ashworth, Pick, James. subs: Djalout, Bentley, Moran, Offerdahl.

Referee: G Dolan.

Attendance: 808.

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