Rams click into gear and tame Lions

Dale Morton dives over for Dewsbury's second try against Swinton.
Dale Morton dives over for Dewsbury's second try against Swinton.

Dewsbury Rams clicked into gear as they ran in six tries to defeat Swinton Lions 34-16 and move seventh in the Championship standings.

Dewsbury ended a four-match losing run and have moved five points clear of the relegation zone as the regular season nears an end.

The Rams made a blistering start and stunned Swinton with three tries in the opening 11 minutes to take control.

The home side were ahead inside three minutes when second row Lucas Walshaw powered through the Lions defence before accelerating away to the line and Paul Sykes tagged on the goal.

As Swinton attempted to come away from their line, a fierce tackle forced a knock on and the Rams pounced.

The impressive Sykes chipped wide and winger Dale Morton hacked the ball forward and was on hand to pounce for the try before it rolled dead.

Matt Groat’s determined run saw him burst through the defence on a brilliant run to the line. Sykes converted and the Rams were 16-0 up after a breathtaking opening.

Tempers threatened to boil over and Swinton’s frustrations led to them conceding a penalty but Sykes was off target with his shot at goal.

Dewsbury attacked again but when they looked to move play wide a loose pass was scooped up by Liam Marshall, who stormed 90 metres to score. Chris Atkin converted.

The game was turning ugly and Dewsbury’s Jason Crookes, along with Lions Stuart Littler, were sin-binned for an altercation.

When order was restored, Rams scrum-half Andy Kain sold a lovely dummy and produced a neat step through to grab a cracking individual try which Sykes improved.

Rhodri Lloyd replied with an unconverted try for Swinton but Sykes landed a penalty before the hooter as Dewsbury led 24-10 at half-time.

Marshall pulled the Lions back into the game with his second try after 50 minutes, following a neat passing move by the visitors. Atkin converted as Swinton reduced the deficit to eight points.

Dewsbury’s defence did well to survive a spell of Swinton pressure before they struck with two further tries in the final quarter to seal victory.

Tony Tonks showed strength to twist in a tackle and plant the ball between the posts to give Sykes a simple conversion.

Tonks was again on hand to grab his second try on the stroke of full-time and round off a satisfactory performance, which gives their confidence a timely boost ahead of Sunday’s trip to champions Leigh Centurions in the final game of the regular season.