Dewsbury Rams 14 Sheffield Eagles 38: Dewsbury’s gallant ‘young guns’ fail to shoot down full-time Eagles

Jason Muranka and Ryan Wright  celebrate after scoring.
Jason Muranka and Ryan Wright celebrate after scoring.
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A young Dewsbury Rams side gave a good account of themselves against full-time Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

Sheffield took an eighth-minute lead when Rob Worrincy burrowed over from close range and Michael Knowles converted but for Jason Muranka pounced on a deflected kick for a try, converted by Paul Sykes.

The visitors regained their lead when Knowles dived on a kick inches before it rolled dead – deemed good by the touch judge. Knowles converted.

A fine passing move ended with Ryan Millar sending Elliot Minchella over and Knowles converted, but Rams again responded well as Josh Guzdek planted the ball down in the corner for his first try for the club, reducing the half-time deficit to 18-10. Knowles kicked behind the Rams defence for Menzie Yere to pounce for Sheffield’s fourth try.

Dewsbury looked to hit back but a long pass was intercepted by Ben Blackmore and the winger outpaced the defence on a terrific 80 metre run to the line. Knowles added his fourth goal and the Eagles led 28-10. Jason Crookes pulled a try back when he met a pass at pace and barged through the Eagles’ defence to score only for Millar to grab a sixth Sheffield try. Knowles again converted.

Blackmore was sin-binned for an illegal tackle but the Sheffield defence kept Dewsbury at bay and the visitors completed victory when Millar was on the end of a sweeping move to score his second try four minutes from time.

Dewsbury Rams: Forsyth; Grant, Crookes, Dunn, Guzdek; Speakman, B Delaney; Hepworth, J Delaney, Teanby, Muranka, Adams, Farrell. Subs: Sykes, Johnson, L Adamson, Wright, Langton, Groat.

Sheffield Eagles: Laula-Togagae; Worrincy, Yere, Tyson, Blacmore; Aston, Hewitt; Wheeldon, Carlile, Neal, Knowles, Strauheir, James. Subs: Fozard, Stringer, Minchalla, Mexico, Blagbrough, Millar.

Referee: Michael Woodhead.

Attendance: 706.