Menzie YERE’S last-minute try sealed Sheffield Eagles’ superb second-half comeback as they beat Dewsbury Rams 32-28.
The Eagles were 22-8 down at half-time as Dewsbury took control thanks to scores from Luke Adamson, Dalton Grant, Etu Uaisele and Aaron Brown, Mark Mexico and Yere crossing for the hosts. And the visitors extended their lead to 28-8 early in the second half courtesy of Nathan Conroy.
However, Sheffield hit back with five tries of their own. Rob Worrincy got two and Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Keal Carlile also touched down before Yere grabbed his second try late for Eagles’ fifth win of the season.
Bradford Bulls’ interim head coach Matt Diskin has made two changes to his 19-man squad to face London Broncos tomorrow.
Bradford Academy graduates Joe Lumb and Ethan Ryan are both included for the table-topping trip to London.
Ryan replaces captain Adrian Purtell, who has been forced to miss the weekend’s game with a leg injury, whilst Lumb comes in for Jonny Campbell.
Danny Williams and Adam Sidlow both retain their places in the squad after returning from injury, whilst Lee Gaskell and Ben Kavanagh are nearing their return after a hamstring and ankle injury, respectively.
Bradford won 52-16 last week at home to Workington Town.
Assistant coach Chev Walker said: “We started a little bit sketchy and a little bit off where we want to be but we’re picking up results.
“It’s just a question of trying to build and build to the Middle 8s and then go from there. The sooner we can get on a winning streak the better, we’ve picked up two decent wins with two half-decent performances. Once we get a decent performance we’ll go from there.”
Halifax coach Richard Marshall is looking for his side to build on last week’s win over Dewsbury Rams when they host Workington Town tomorrow.
Halifax won 23-14 at home to Dewsbury and coach Marshall said: “I was pleased to get a league win after our comprehensive Cup win. It was important for us against a decent Dewsbury team.
“We didn’t seal it until late on in the second half and we need to put some of these games to bed a little bit earlier, we needed to slog it out.
“We’re building again, we’ve got a bit to do with our squad but I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at and confident and hopeful we can put in a good performance this week.”
Castleford centre Greg Minikin, who has played in the Tigers’ last six Super League matches, will make his debut for Batley Bulldogs tomorrow after joining them as part of a new dual registration agreement with the Championship club.
Minikin, 21, made his Championship debut for York against Leigh at the Sports Village three years ago and will face the same opposition on his first appearance for John Kear’s Bulldogs.
Batley have also signed Castleford prop Ryan Boyle on dual registration as well as Ireland international Callum Casey and former Hull KR utility forward Dave Peterson.
Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp is wary of the threat from lowly Oldham when the two sides meet tomorrow.
The Lancashire club have beat Sheffield Eagles and Batley Bulldogs in recent weeks.
Rovers lost 30-24 at home to Leigh Centurions, and Sharp said: “We had a scratch side out but I asked the players to play with emotion and some commitment to one another and the club.
“We played Oldham in Round Four and I thought they were really good. They are a great attacking team with lots of threats. I’m not surprised that they’ve done really well and have had some good results recently.”
Half-back Danny Craven is due to return.