Dewsbury Rams 28 Newcastle Thunder 18: Hale’s late blast sends Thunder packing

Scott Hale.
Scott Hale.
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Scott Hale scored two late tries to help book Dewsbury’s place in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup after a bruising encounter with Newcastle Thunder at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Tom Hemingway kicked off the scoring on 11 minutes for Rams and Dalton Grant produced a piece of individual brilliance soon after, holding off the attentions of a number of Thunder defenders to go over. Hemingway added the extras and the Rams were in control at 10-0 up.

Thunder sub’ Paul Stamp finished off a flowing move after a penalty, which he earned, on 30 minutes – just seconds after his introduction.

The visitors now had momentum and, three minutes later, Tom Capper scampered in from 15 metres out to make it 10-10 at the break.

Thunder went ahead on 43 minutes thanks to a Hardcastle penalty, but Aaron Brown responded for the Rams on 50 minutes before Hale touched down 14 minutes later.

Hemingway curled his conversion attempt wide to leave the Rams 10 points up and the visitors gave themselves a chance when Ben Hardcastle converted his own try to make it 22-18 with eight to go, but Dewsbury finally saw off their League One opponents when Hale stretched over with five minutes left.​

Dewsbury Rams: Forsyth, Morton, Beckett, Crookes, Grant, Brown, Hemingway, Smith, Delaney, Haggarty, Spicer, Hale, Farrell. Subs (all used): Wright, McLocklan, Muranka, Aizue.

Newcastle Thunder: Meads, Mapals, Tali, Brown, Capper, Beharrell, Hardcastle, Fewlass, Wabo, Mexico, Payne, Clarke, Craig. Subs (all used): Stamp, Stoker, Sheriff, Welsh.

Referee: Dave Merrick.

Attendance: 702.