Rams wilt in the heat as Leigh earn comprehensive victory

Robbie Ward forces his way over the line on his way to scoring a brace against Leigh Centurions.
Robbie Ward forces his way over the line on his way to scoring a brace against Leigh Centurions.

Dewsbury Rams slipped to a heavy defeat at home to Betfred Championship top-four contenders Leigh Centurions on a sweltering afternoon at Tetley’s Stadium last Sunday.

Leigh were in red hot form as they ran in 10 tries to condemn Dewsbury to a third straight defeat, which leaves them hovering precariously above the bottom two.

The Rams started brightly and put Leigh under early pressure but were unable to breach the Centurions defence and it was the visitors who struck first with a 10th minute try.

A quick break by Liam Hood ended with Drew Hutchison scoring the opening try but former Ram Ben Reynolds was off target with the conversion for the only time in the game.

Leigh drove close to the Rams line and Hood forced his way over from acting half-back, with Reynolds adding the first of his nine goals.

The kick off was allowed to bounce and Craig Hall booted the ball downfield and raced through before dribbling it to the try line to score between the posts and give Reynolds a simple goal.

Dewsbury hit back with a 23rd minute try when their best player, hooker Robbie Ward, nipped over from acting half-back and Paul Sykes added the goal.

Leigh added two further tries in the build up to half-time, which extended their advantage to 28-6.

Hutchison produced a high kick which Ben Crooks leapt to gather before feeding Freddy Bailey, who forced his way over.

Hutchison grabbed his second try when he stepped inside a defender and raced away to the line, with Reynolds adding both conversions.

It took Leigh 11 minutes after the re-start to score their next try as Jack Owens set up Daniel Mortimer to cross.

Two minutes later Crooks created an opening for Bodene Thompson to grab their seventh try.

Stand-off Craig Hall then intercepted a pass and raced 40 metres for his second try of the match, with Reynolds landing all three goals to extend their advantage to 46-6.

Leigh were dominating and added a fourth try in the space of 10 minutes just after the hour mark when captain Harrison Hansen crashed over from close range to bring up the half-century, with Reynolds tagging on his eighth goal.

Dewsbury kept plugging away and they were rewarded in the 68th minute when the impressive Ward rounded off a fine move with his second try, which Sykes converted.

It was the Centurions who had the final word though when Kevin Larroyer rounded off another flowing move with an impressive try five minutes from full-time, with Reynolds tagging on the goal.

Dewsbury had shown glimpses of what they are capable but again found it tough against a full-time team and defeat leaves them three points above Swinton and Rochdale ahead of a crucial trip to the Lions this Sunday.

The Rams are facing a key period with games against Barrow, Sheffield and Batley to follow.