Sheffield Eagles 28-22 Dewsbury Rams
Friday 12th July 2019, 19:45pm
Championship - Round: 21
Ben Blackmore (2), Jacob Ogden, Joel Farrell, Sonny Esslemont,
Pat Walker (4),
Dom Speakman, Kyle Trout, Michael Knowles, Rob Worrincy,
Paul Sykes (3),
Sheffield Eagles beat Dewsbury Rams 28-22 at the Olympic Legacy Park on Friday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Eagles know they have to do the chasing if they’re to get into the top five but they made Friday’s victory hard work due to a mix of indiscipline as well as the Rams’ steely character.
Ben Blackmore had another fine performance to add to his collection, scoring twice and becoming the 52nd player to reach a century of appearances for the Red and Golds.
Jacob Ogden, Joel Farrell and Sonny Esslemont all touched down as well, however the hosts had to deal with a few injuries.
Ryan Millar, James Davey and Oliver Davies suffered knocks in the second half which made the Eagles’ job tougher.
Sheffield scored twice inside 12 minutes as they got off to a brilliant start.
Blackmore and Ogden were the try-scorers but Dewsbury soon woke up and scored two of their own.
Dom Speakman made a clever move by exposing weak blindside defence from the ruck as the hooker went over.
Speakman then set up former Eagle Kyle Trout as he muscled his way to four points.
Paul Sykes could only convert one try, leaving the Eagles 12-10 up heading into the final stages of the first period.
Blackmore completed his brace to extend the advantage but Walker was off target from the tee.
Another ex-Eagle, Michael Knowles, came back to haunt the South Yorkshire club as his converted try on 49 minutes levelled the scores.
In the final quarter, quick-fire tries from Farrell and Esslemont put the Eagles in the driving seat.
There were still a few twists in the tale, though. Rob Worrincy swooped over in the corner against his former employers and Sykes’ fantastic conversion set up a nervy finish.
Esslemont went close to a second but was pushed into touch and Dewsbury almost had a chance to nick a point but an attack down the left flank ended with a knock-on.
A hard-fought victory for the Eagles to say the least and Mark Aston’s side now have to shake off any niggles they may have and look forward to a clash with Toulouse on Saturday.
By Dan Fowler