Sheffield Eagles 20-30 Dewsbury Rams
Friday 31st August 2018, 19:45pm
Super 8s - Round: 3
Joshua Toole, Iliess Macani 2, Oscar Thomas,
Oscar Thomas 2,
Adam Ryder, Brad Delaney 2, Daniel Igbinedion, Robbie Ward,
Paul Sykes 5,
Sheffield Eagles suffered a 30-20 defeat to Dewsbury Rams at the Olympic Legacy Park last week.
Iliess Macani’s brace proved to be in vain as the Rams, who were 10-6 down at half-time, fought back to claim the spoils.
As expected from Mark Aston’s comments in the week, Blake Broadbent was given a runout and impressed during his stint on the pitch.
Neither side could open the scoring in the first quarter of the match but Dewsbury did take the lead on 24 minutes as Adam Ryder touched down. Paul Sykes converted.
Two tries in quick succession gave Sheffield the lead with Joshua Toole and Macani both crossing.
Toole ran an exceptional line on to a Cory Aston pass before Macani sprinted down the wing and exploited broken defence following a goal line dropout.
Oscar Thomas converted one from two as Sheffield went into the sheds four points up.
Shortly after the restart, Ryder was the thorn in the Eagles’ defence once again as his break and pass set up Brad Delaney. Sykes converted to regain the visitors’ slender lead.
Things went from bad to worse for Sheffield when Dewsbury scored from the next set as ex-Eagle Daniel Igbinedion got on the end of his own grubber kick. Sykes on target once again.
With 12 minutes remaining, the Eagles got themselves back to within touching distance of their West Yorkshire counterparts.
Simon Brown’s reverse grubber kick was well read by Thomas who registered a four-pointer underneath the sticks. The Scotland international converted.
However, it wasn’t to be for Sheffield as their first Friday Night Lights outing at the OLP ended in defeat.
Robbie Ward forced his way over from dummy-half before Delaney completed his brace four minutes from time. Sykes converted both tries.
There was still time for the Eagles to post a consolation as they got the ball back from the restart.
The ball was spread wide for Macani to dot down in the corner. Thomas was off target with his conversion attempt.
By Dan Fowler