Rams slip to defeat away to Halifax

Dewsburys Joel Farrell is wrapped up by the Halifax defence during lastSundays Championship clash.
Dewsburys Joel Farrell is wrapped up by the Halifax defence during lastSundays Championship clash.

Dewsbury Rams slipped to a seventh defeat of the Kingstone Press Championship season, going down 23-14 away to Halifax last Sunday.

The injury-hit Rams again produced a battling display and were deservedly ahead in the lead up to half-time before a late Halifax try edged in front.

Dewsbury continued to press for an away win after the break but the impeccable kicking of Steve Tyrer proved crucial as the Halifax man landed five goals from five attempts to keep his side ahead.

Solid Rams defending repelled an early Halifax attack before the home side hit the front with an 11th minute try.

Half-back Gareth Moore skipped past two defenders and scored near the posts to give centre Tyrer a simple conversion.

It took Dewsbury just four minutes to reply as Halifax winger Tommy Saxton knocked on and a neat passing move created an overlap for James Glover to send Dalton Grant in at the corner.

Glover continued his fine kicking form, in the absence of injured Paul Sykes, and landed a superb touchline goal to level matters.

Glover’s spiralling kicks caused winger Gareth Potts problems and the young stand off edged Dewsbury ahead with a 40 metre penalty goal.

Just before half-time Halifax responded with a crucial try as the impressive Moore hoisted a kick out wide and Potts leapt above Grant to score in the right corner. Tyrer added the touchline goal and the home side led 12-8.

Four minutes after the break, Halifax extended their lead as a penalty put them on attack and Scott Murrell’s kick was gathered by Ed Barber, who offloaded to send Adam Tangata over for a try which Tyrer improved.

Tyrer added a penalty after the Rams were caught offside but Dewsbury then threatened a fightback.

A penalty put the Rams in a good attacking position and centre Etu Uaisele showed his strength to power over wide out and Glover added another towering goal to reduce the arrears to 20-14.

With the game finely in the balance, both sides had scoring chances before Halifax struck a decisive blow.

The Rams were penalised for stripping the ball and were then immediately caught offside, handing Tyrer the chance to slot over a penalty goal to stretch his side’s lead to eight points.

Murrell completed his side’s win with an 80th minute drop goal and the Rams head to Sheffield tomorrow lying eighth in the table.