Leigh 33 Dewsbury Rams 22: Dewsbury fightback falls short against Centurions

KNOCKED OUT: Dewsbury Rams' coach Glenn Morrison.KNOCKED OUT: Dewsbury Rams' coach Glenn Morrison.
KNOCKED OUT: Dewsbury Rams' coach Glenn Morrison.
Dewsbury Rams’ season came to a premature end, as they lost 33-22 to the Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village.

A win for the Rams would have made it an all Yorkshire affair in the Grand Final at Headingley next week, but they were overpowered by this season’s table-toppers.

Glenn Morrison’s men were caught cold, with Ryan Brierley feeding winger Adam Higson, who span away from a couple of challenges to cross in the corner.

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It was the same combination who helped the hosts to their second score, with Brierley’s chip into the corner collected and touched down by Higson.

The Rams almost pulled off a shock win at Leigh earlier in the year, losing to two late tries in a 30-22 loss, and threatened to go one better when Anthony Thackeray scored a superb try.

After Michael Platt had made it three tries to one for the home side, Dewsbury conceded three avoidable points on the stroke of half-time.

First, Karl Pryce gave away a needless penalty, blocking the path of Tom Armstrong, which Ridyard converted. The Leigh stand-off then knocked over a drop goal just after the hooter had sounded.

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Though they were 21-6 down, Dewsbury showed no signs of giving up, and put the game right back in the balance with two quickfire scores.

Ben Hellewell made the most of a huge overlap to get the Rams’ second-half up and running.

Then, Joel Farrell smashed his way over the line to a rapturous reception from visiting fans.

That try made it a five-point game, but unfortunately for Morrison’s troops, they couldn’t maintain their charge.

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Greg McNally and Higson added two in quick succession, and though Dale Morton’s superb chase and try put the Rams back in contention, a late Ridyard penalty put the game beyond the reach of Dewsbury.

Leigh: McNally, Higson, Platt, Armstrong, Kay, Ridyard, Brierley, Emmitt, Beswick, Wilkes, Sarsfield, Haggerty, Barlow. Substitutes: Penkywicz, Walker, Bate, Acton.

Dewsbury: Pryce, Morton, Hellewell, Grady, Wood, Hyde, Thackeray, Haggerty, Hemingway, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Murphy. Substitutes: Wright, Aizue, Farrell, Gallagher.

Referee: M Thomason (RFL).