DEWSBURY RAMS secured their play-off berth with a 24-12 victory in their last home game.
Dewsbury started brightly; Kieran Hyde kicked a 40/20 in the y first set.
That opportunity was wasted but the opening score of the game came in the eighth minute and was a lovely team try. Ryan Hepworth, Hyde, Jobe Murphy and Rob Spicer were all involved as fast hands created the space out wide for Ben Hellewell to score in the corner. Tom Hemingway converted.
In the 18th minute Hemingway extended Dewsbury’s lead to 8-0 when he kicked a 40-metre penalty. Five minutes later Dewsbury scored again.
Anthony Thackeray took the ball to the line and managed to get away an offload to Ryan Hepworth who crashed over. Hyde converted.
Hyde then raced 20 metres to score.
Keighley were much improved after the break and they got their reward in the 57th minute as Danny Jones threw a dummy before stepping through the defence to score a great solo try. He converted his own score to cut the deficit to 18-6. Their hopes of a comeback were ended in the 71st minute as Dewsbury scored a long range try to make sure of the victory.
Once again it was Muranka who made the break and he produced an even better offload this time to allow Thackeray to score. Hemingway improved.
Keighley’s late pressure told as Paul Handforth forced his way over from acting half.
Danny Jones kicked the conversion to make it 24-12 and seal an important bonus point.
Dewsbury Rams: Pryce, Morton, Hellewell, Grady, Wood, Hyde, Thackeray, Haggarty, Hemingway, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Murphy. Subs: Wright, Farrell, Muranka, Gallagher.
Keighley Cougars: Craen, Barnett, Lawton, Haley, White, Jones, Handforth, Shickell, Feather, Hesketh, Lynam, Cosgrove, Lindsay. Subs: March, Law, Sheriffe, Cherryholme.
Referee: Joe Cobb.]