Doncaster 33 Dewsbury 20: Relegated Dons spring surprise loss on Rams

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Dewsbury Rams’ hopes of finishing top of the Kingstone Press Championship Shield were ended by defeat at relegated Doncaster.

A terrible first-half performance saw the Rams trail 22-4 and although they produced a fightback after the break it wasn’t enough to prevent Doncaster registering only their second win of the season.

A Tom Carr pass sent Liam Welham over for the opening try and Doncaster’s bright start continued when Liam Welham was sent crashing through a gap. Tom Hodson landed both conversions for 12-0.

Former Ram Ryan Wright scooped up a stray Dewsbury pass and raced to the line, with Hodson converting to leave the visitors shellshocked.

Dalton Grant leapt to gather a neat Brett Seymour chip over to dive in at the corner for an unconverted try.

However, Doncaster finished the first half strongly as Carr and Welham linked to put Peter Fox over in the corner. Hodson was unable to convert, but was successful to add the extras to Fox’s second-half try.

Dewsbury began a fightback as Grant completed his hat-trick, before Makali Aizue barged his way over. Seymour converted the latter try to reduce the arrears to 28-20 with 20 minutes remaining.

Joe McLocklan eased Dons nerves with a 74th-minute drop goal before Fox was sent scampering over in the corner to complete his hat-trick.

Doncaster: Carr; Hodson, Cowling, Welham, Fox’ McLocklan, Wilkinson; Groat, Kesik, Spiers, Walton, Foster, Emmett. Substitutes: Carbutt, Kelly, Wright, Verlinden.

Dewsbury Rams: Pryce, Morton, Hale, Crookes, Grant; Wildie, Thackeray; Aizue, Conroy, Hepworth, Spicer, Farrell, L Adamson. Substitutes: Nash, Brown, Jackson, Seynour.

Referee: C Campbell (RFL).