Leigh 22 Dewsbury Rams 24: Pryce double inspires Dewsbury’s fightback

Two tries from Karl Pryce sent cock-a-hoop Dewsbury Rams roaring into the play-offs as they followed up an impressive result against Doncaster last week with a super late show at Leigh Sports Village.

After a first half that saw the Rams unable to force much of the play, save for a brilliantly anticipated 50-metre intercept try from Keiron Hyde, a magnificent final 20 minutes saw Dewsbury overturn a 22-6 deficit.

Leigh scored first-half tries through Stuart Littler, Tommy Goulden and Ryan Brierley and thought the game was in the bag after Johnny Pownall swept in at the corner, but they did not count on the resolve of the visitors.

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Following an ugly brawl that brought yellow cards for Leigh’s Adam Higson and the Rams’ Tom Lillycrop, Dewsbury took charge.

First Kane Bentley snaked an arm over the line for a try beneath the posts before Pryce ran through a gaping hole in the defence 10 minutes from time.

Leigh full-back Gregg McNally then spilled a kick return and the onrushing Rams converted the chance when Scott Hale got the ball out and Pryce went in at the corner.

Hyde kept up his 100 per cent conversion rate from the touchline and sewed up a great comeback win that gives the Rams hope heading into the end-of-season play-offs.

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Leigh: McNally, Maden, Littler, Higson, Pownall; Ridyard, Brierley; Ostick, Beswick, Spencer, Thornley, Goulden, Aspinwall. Substitutes: Penkywicz, Bullock, Hopkins, Duffy.

Dewsbury Rams: Morton, Craven, Pryce, Beckett, Scott; Brown, Hyde; Nash, Bentley, Hepworth, Hale, Watkinson, Molloy. Substitutes: Aizue, Lillycrop, Schofield, Gallagher.

Referee: J Bloem (RFL).

Luke Hardcastle scored a try and added three goals to lead Gateshead to a 24-22 Kingstone Press Championship 1 victory over Hemel Stags.

Nick Johnson, Jason Payne and Chris Heil also crossed the whitewash for the hosts and Benn Hardcastle added a goal.

Harry Mostyn scored two of the Stags’ four tries with Aaron Small and Eddie Mbaraga also going over. Barry John Swindells added three goals.