Sheffield Eagles 32-28 Dewsbury Rams – Match Report

The Eagles managed to fightback from a twenty-point deficit to win their first game in three weeks as they overcame the Dewsbury Rams 32-28.

Menzie Yere scored with the last play of the game as he broke down the left flank before cutting inside to round off the comeback.

This came on the back of four unanswered tries from the Eagles with Keal Carlile and Quentin-Laula Togagae crossing as well as Championship top try-scorer Rob Worrincy grabbing a double.

Nathan Conroy had scored early on in the second half to give the Rams a twenty-point lead after Luka Adamson, Dalton Grant, Etu Uaisele and Aaron Brown had all scored in the first half for the visitors. Mark Mexico scored just before the interval adding to Menzie Yere’s first.

Dewsbury crossed twice in the opening stages with Luke Adamson powering his way over from a few yards out after the Rams had kept the ball alive. The Eagles looked for an immediate response but QLT’s pass was intercepted by Dalton Grant who then raced the length of the field to extend the visitors early lead.

The Eagles did get on the board a few moments later though and this time QLT’s pass was perfect for Menzie Yere who caught the ball and burrowed his way over out wide.

James Glover had only converted one of the Rams two tries so when the opportunity to kick for goal arose Shane Grady added an extra two for the visitors.

Etu Uaisele was next to cross for Dewsbury as he took the ball from first receiver from a scrum and found a gap out wide before capitalising. This was soon followed by Aaron Brown’s effort as he hit the ball at pace on the angle and forced his way over from close range.

Mark Aston’s side did grab a try just before the break however as interchange Mark Mexico broke through the middle of the Dewsbury defence and made it to the line.

In similar fashion to the first half however the visitors crossed first when Paul Sykes sent Brown through a gap before Brown found Nathan Conroy in support who finished the move off.

With the Eagles now twenty points behind QLT initiated the comeback as he used his footwork to create an opening and dive over. Sheffield maintained their pressure as Michael Knowles and Menzie Yere linked up before finding Rob Worrincy who sped to the line out wide.

Hooker Keal Carlile was next to score for the Eagles as he managed to force his way under the Rams defence from behind the play-the-ball. Worrincy doubled his account for the evening when Cory Aston found him with an inch-perfect cross-field kick which the winger took and finished well under pressure.

With the last play of the game Yere collected the ball thirty yards out before racing down the flank stepping inside and diving over next to the sticks to give the Eagles their first win in three weeks.

Eagles: QLT, Worrincy, Yere, Tyson, Blackmore; Hewitt, Aston; Thorpe, Carlile, Stringer, Knowles, James, Minchella.

Interchanges: Fozard, Mexico, Neal, Wheeldon.

Dewsbury: Guzdek, Morton, Crookes, Uaisele, Grant; Glover, Kain; Adamson, Conroy, Hepworth, Hale, Grady, Farrell.

Interchanges: Brown, Teanby, Sykes, Trout.

Referee: J. Roberts. Touch Judges: T. Crashley & T. Hudson. Attendance: 441

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