Dewsbury Rams 0 Halifax Panthers 36 - Third-straight league defeat for the Rams

DEWSBURY RAMS suffered their heaviest defeat of the Championship season as they were nilled by Halifax Panthers at the Tetley's Stadium on Sunday evening.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 9:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 9:36 am
DEFEAT: Dewsbury Rams 0-36 Halifax Panthers. Picture: Thomas Fynn.

Both sides came into the match on the back of defeats, which resulted in a tentative opening to the clash.

Halifax looked to assert their attacking prowess early on, with Nick Rawsthorne denied a try after marginally entering touch before grounding the ball.

However, the visitors opened the scoring moments later, as former Dewsbury man Ed Barber exploited an overload on the right wing to power over the line. Connor Robinson converted.

DEFEAT: Dewsbury Rams 0-36 Halifax Panthers. Picture: Thomas Fynn.

Halifax then assumed control of the game, capitalising on numerous Dewsbury errors to maintain attacking field position.

Robinson converted a penalty to open up an 8-0 lead. A high tackle from the Rams resulted in a further penalty, with Robinson slotting another kick to widen the gap to 10-0.

Halifax forced Dewsbury into a goal-line dropout after another excellent kick from Robinson, with James Woodburn-Hall creating a two-on-one scenario, feeding the on-rushing Barber for his second try.

Robinson continued his perfect kicking record, to move Halifax to a 16-0 advantage. In the second half, Halifax continued to assert their dominant attacking skills.

A line break from Woodburn-Hall led to Brandon Moore running the perfect inside line and going over the whitewash to extend the lead. Another two-pointer from Robinson’s boot extended the advantage to 22-0.

The Panthers kept up the pressure on the hosts' line, with Rawsthorne fed out wide to slide in at the corner.

Yet another Robinson conversion pushed the score to 28-0, as the Panthers opened up an unassailable advantage.

Dewsbury were unable to claim any points as Matt Garside and Ben Kavanagh were outstanding in Halifax's rear-guard, wrapping up numerous tackles to preserve their side’s try line.

The evening got even better for Halifax as the clock ticked over 70 minutes, as Adam Tangata fed Elliot Morris to stroll in under the posts.

Robinson converted the try, and added another penalty, to take his personal tally to eight from eight for the evening. Dewsbury’s evening turned from bad to worse with five minutes to play, with Chris Annakin sin binned for an off-the-ball incident.

Dewsbury were unable to breach the Halifax defence, and the Panthers recorded their first shutout since 2019. For the Rams, it marks a third-straight defeat after they had opened the Championship season with back-to-back wins.