Dewsbury Rams v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 9th June 2019, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 16
Stats over last 8 encounters
Rochdale Hornets made it 12 games without a Championship win at the Tetley’s Stadium when they were put to the sword by a rampant Dewsbury Rams side that registered 11 converted tries.
However, Hornets started the brighter of the two sides with Brandon Wood finishing off a smart move by collecting a sweet Izaac Farrell ball and shrugging off his opposite number, Rob Worrincy to touch down at the flag.
The Rams response was immediate - Kyle Trout cut under Liam Finn to crash over from close range. Finn nudged over the first of his 11 goals to give Rams a 6-4 lead and they wouldn’t look back.
But for a Hornets glimmer, in the shape of a huge Adam Lawton break up the guts of the Dewsbury defence, the visitors were made to defend for the majority of the half but the dam broke with the half time siren approaching. A quick-fire double from Dale Morton and Lucas Walshaw wiped all Hornets enthusiasm before a further try in the 39th minute from Sam Day all but killed the contest as the Rams headed into the break with a commanding 24-4 lead.
With a 20 point run chase set, Hornets wasted no time with Scott Moore burrowing over in the 42nd minute - Dan Abram converted and the deficit was cut to 14.
The Rams response was swift and clinical. Feeding on a raft of ill discipline and handling errors they registered four tries in just nine miserable minutes. Finn flawless to make it 48-10.
Hornets hadn’t had their hands on the ball since Moore’s try, and when they eventually did they coughed up possession on the back of robust Dewsbury defence.
What looked to be a mere smidge of a consolation was ruled out as Dan Abram couldn’t ground the ball.
With the Dewsbury cue firmly in the rack Hornets began to play but their sheer disrespect of the ball was there for all to see as the hosts crossed a further three times to compound their visitors misery.
The impressive Day wormed his way over for a smart score before Joe Martin and Chris Anakin put the cherry on top of the Rams biggest league win for 10 years.
It would be smart to say that the experienced midfield partnership of Paul Sykes and Liam Finn were the difference but that wouldn’t be fair on the impressive Dewsbury go forward from a determined pack who barged and bullied Hornets all afternoon. The fact that a try wasn’t scored 10 metres wide of either side of the sticks was telling, with the Rams doing their damage up the middle of the field.