Dewsbury Rams suffered an agonising 32-28 defeat as Sheffield Eagles scored from the final play of last Friday’s Championship game.
The Rams had produced some impressive rugby to build up a 20-point lead but their injury hit side ran out of steam as the Eagles fought back.
Dewsbury made a terrific start and were ahead inside five minutes when Ryan Hepworth’s neat pass sent Luke Adamson storming over for a try which James Glover improved.
Sheffield attempted to hit back but Dalton Grant intercepted Quentin Laulu-Togagae’s long pass and raced 80 metres to score.
Glover was unable to convert but the Rams led 10-0.
The Eagles replied soon after as Laulu-Togagae’s pass sent Menzie Yere over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Shane Grady extended the Rams’ advantage with a 21st minute penalty.
Sheffield knocked on and from the resulting scrum, Dewsbury moved the ball out wide for Etu Uaisele to score.
Things improved further for the Rams when Aaron Brown met a Jason Crookes pass at pace and forced his way over from close range. Paul Sykes converted
Mark Mexico broke through the middle of the Dewsbury defence to score for Sheffield but the conversion was missed and the Rams led 22-8 at half-time.
Things improved further for the Rams just two minutes after the restart.
Sykes sent Brown through a gap and he found Nathan Conroy in support to finish off a lovely move.
Sykes converted and the Rams were good value for their 28-8 advantage.
Laulu-Togagae initiated the Eagles’ comeback as he used neat footwork to create an opening and dived over for an unconverted try.
Sheffield maintained the pressure as Michael Knowles and Yere linked up to move the ball wide and Rob Worrincy sped to the line.
Another conversion was missed and the Rams still led by 12 points only for Eagles hooker Keal Carlile to force his way over soon after. The conversion attempt rebounded off a post.
Worrincy doubled his account for the evening when he latched onto Cory Aston’s crossfield kick and finished well under pressure from the Rams defence. Matty Fozard converted.
Dewsbury were desperately trying to hold on but, from the last play of the game, Yere collected the ball 30 yards out and raced down the wing, stepping inside and diving over next to the posts. Fozard tagged on the goal to condemn the Rams to an unfortunate defeat.