Morton’s hat-trick sets Rams on road to success

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Dewsbury Rams scored 40 unanswered points to record their biggest win of the season – 40-4 over Hunslet Hawks at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Despite the win, the Rams suffered a nightmare start with Brett Seymour kicking out on the full from kick-off.

The Hawks took advantage through Charlie Martin who went in out wide but that would be the final time the Hawks would trouble the scoreboard.

Luke Adamson muscled his way in close to the corner flag on 13 minutes and Brett Seymour added the extras from a difficult angle to hand his side a 6-4 lead.

The visitors responded well and enjoyed good territory during the first quarter, but the Rams’ defence held firm before Dale Morton pounced on a loose ball to touch down, making it 10-4 after 28 minutes.

A tense start to the second half ensued with both sides defending well to keep their opponents at bay, but Anthony Thackeray finally cut the game loose on 54 minutes, following up a break from Aaron Brown to race in after a fine pass from Seymour.

The Australian planted over the two points and the Rams were in again shortly after, Morton scoring arguably the try of the game on the hour mark.

The former Wakefield winger collected a kick before storming through the centre of the Hawks defence and, following a sublime dummy, he rounded Jimmy Watson on his way to the line from 50 metres out, despite the late attentions of Luke Briscoe.

The points were all-but sealed as Seymour made it 22-4 with 20 minutes to play, but the Rams continued to play on the front foot, Toby Adamson barging his way in just two minutes after Morton’s score.

Seymour continued his excellent record with the boot and he went in for a try of his own on 69 minutes, the former Hull stand-off battling his way past a number of Hawks defenders before stretching out an arm to notch his first try for the club.

Morton then sealed his hat-trick with four minutes to play, forcing himself over the line close to the posts. Seymour made it six goals from six to help the Rams hit the 40-point mark for the first time this season and move the home side up to fifth in the table.

Rams head coach Glenn Morrison said: “To score 40 unanswered points against anyone is a great effort. I don’t think we played as well as we can but we’re happy with the result.”

Dewsbury: Fieldhouse, Morton, Pryce, Beckett, Grant, Seymour, Thackeray, Hepworth, Wildie, Jackson, Spicer, Hale, L. Adamson. Subs: Brown, T Adamson, Crookes, Aizue.

Hunslet: Watson, Duckworth, Briscoe, Maun, Barnett, Kain, Brown, Yates, Flanagan, Haley, Martin, Casey, Mackay. Subs: Mvududu, Ansell, Mulhern, Lyons.

Referee: Andy Sweet (RFL)

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