Dewsbury Rams 25 London Broncos 16: Dewsbury complete London treble to close in on home semi-final

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Dewsbury Rams completed a hat-trick of victories over full-time London Broncos as they consolidated second place in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

Glenn Morrison’s men now only need one win from their final three league matches to guarantee a home tie in the semi-finals. An impressive first-half performance saw Dewsbury build up a 16-4 lead before surviving a Broncos fightback after the break.

Nathan Conroy gave the Rams a sixth-minute lead when he nipped over from acting half-back after Joel Farrell had taken them close. Shane Grady converted.

Dale Morton dived in at the right corner following a lovely passing move and on loan centre Etu Uaisele was sent over after 30 minutes on his first home start for the Rams. Grady tagged on a fine goal from wide out. Broncos winger Rhys Williams gathered a neat kick from William Barthau to pull a try back before half-time.

Dewsbury looked to have grabbed a decisive try when Aaron Brown held off a late tackle on his way to the line and Grady converted.

Dewsbury repelled eight consecutive sets close to their own line before Jon Wallace darted over and Barthau converted. Ben Helliwell was then sent over despite strong Rams claims for a forward pass and Barthau converted to reduce the arrears to 22-16.

Anthony Thackeray eased Rams nerves when he landed a 75th-minute drop goal from 30 metres out before Grady sealed victory hammering over a penalty.

Dewsbury Rams: Fieldhouse; Morton, Pryce, Uaisele, Grant; Wildie, Thackeray; Aizue, Conroy, Hepworth, Spicer, Grady, Farrell. Subs: Nash, Jackson, Glover, Brown.

London Broncos: Morris; Williams, Helliwell, Kear, Macani; Barthau, Keyes; Dollapi, Cunningham, Gray, Garside, Wicks, Davis. Subs: Henderson, Wallace, Walker, Adebiyi.

Referee: Jamie Bloem (RFL).

Attendance: 805.