Kain pulls the strings as Dewsbury set up semi with Bradford

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Dewsbury Rams booked their place in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-final with victory over Oldham.

The win secured Dewsbury a fourth place finish in the final Shield standings and coach Glenn Morrison will now try to plot a victory over his former club Bradford Bulls – 80-0 winners against Sheffield – in next week’s semi-final.

Rams scored first when impressive half-back Andy Kain created an opening when he dummied through the Oldham defence and raced for the line.

Richard Lepori made a terrific try-saving tackle but then prevented Kain from playing the ball and was sin-binned. Dewsbury moved quickly left and Etu Uaisele crossed wide out, with Tom Hemingway converting.

The Rams struck again soon after when another neat move left allowed centre Jason Crookes to crash over. Dewsbury’s third try of the first half came when Kain hacked the ball on and won the race to collect and dive over, with Shane Grady converting from wide on the right.

Oldham pulled a try back through substitute Kenni Hughes, with Lewis Palfrey converting.

Lucas Walshaw barged his way to the line for Rams’ next try with Grady converting and the same player landed a penalty and after Jamal Chisholm became a second Oldham player to be sin-binned, following a brawl. Grady went over to seal the win before Kieron Gill’s consolation try for the visitors.

Dewsbury Rams: Guzdek;; Morton, Crookes, Grady, Uaisele; Speakman, Kain; Groat, Hemingway, T Adamson, Spicer, Walshaw, L Adamson. Subs: Conroy, Brown, Stringer, Tonks.

Oldham: Turner; Clay, Middlehurst, Gill, Chisholm; Palfrey, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Dickinson, Spencer, Thompson, Ward. Subs: Hughes, Burke, Blagbrough, Lepori.

Referee: J Smith (RFL).

Attendance: 628.