Rams earn emphatic home victory

Dewsbury's Dalton Grant on the charge against Oldham.
Dewsbury's Dalton Grant on the charge against Oldham.

Dewsbury Rams ran in seven tries as they turned on the style to secure an emphatic 46-10 victory at home to Oldham last Sunday.

A second straight victory saw the Rams move further away from the Kingstone Press Championship relegation zone and they are up to seventh in the table.

Paul Sykes, whose last-gasp penalty secured a famous win over Bradford Bulls the previous week, was again on top form with the boot landing nine goals from as many attempts.

The Rams took a sixth minute lead and had built a 22-0 advantage by half-time as any hope Oldham had of repeating their win at Bower Fold earlier in the season were quickly extinguished.

Scott Hale, making his 100 career appearance, and returning Rob Spicer had terrific games in taking the Rams forward.

Dewsbury took the lead when Josh Guzdek drew two defenders and sent Dalton Grant over for the opening try which Sykes improved.

Dom Speakman sold a lovely dummy, following a decoy run by Matt Groat and the hooker scooted over for a second try.

Dewsbjury struck again when Jason Crookes stormed through a gap in the Oldham defence to charge over.

Sykes tagged on both conversions and added two penalties for good measure as the home side took complete control in a one-sided first half.

Three minutes after the interval, Dewsbury extended their lead when centre Etu Uaisele had too much power, out muscling the Oldham defence on his way to the line and Sykes converted.

Joe Burke pulled a try back for Oldham, which Steven Roper goaled, but Dewsbury resumed full control grabbing a further three tries in the space of 11 minutes.

Gareth Owen was sin-binned after Oldham were put on a team warning and Dewsbury capitalised as Spicer and scrum half Andy Kain crossed for tries, which Sykes improved to extend the lead to 40-6.

Dewsbury launched a kick downfield from their own 10 metre line and Grant accelerated away to win the race and gather.

He was hauled down just short of the line but Dewsbury had a great attacking opportunity which resulted in Dale Morton grabbing their seventh try.

Sykes completed his 100 per cent record with the boot, adding a ninth goal.

James Chisholm got on the end of a grubber kick to score a late consolation try but it took none of the gloss from an excellent Rams performance as they banished memories of defeat in Lancashire.