Rams have edge on Rovers to hand Green­wood first win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

DEWS­BURY RAMS had to dig deep to see off vis­i­tors Feather­stone Rovers in the first round of the re­vived York­shire Cup.

The pre-sea­son tour­na­ment has been ar­ranged to give eight teams some com­pet­i­tive fix­tures ahead of their league cam­paign and the Bet­fred Cham­pi­onship ri­vals will have taken pos­i­tives from a tight con­test which could have gone ei­ther way.

Rovers, field­ing only six mem­bers of last year’s squad plus a mix­ture of sign­ings, tri­al­ists and dual-reg­is­tered play­ers, im­proved from the 56-0 de­feat at Castle­ford Tigers the pre­vi­ous week­end and were re­silient enough to level the scores in the sec­ond half af­ter trail­ing 10-0 early on.

Their main con­cern was a knee in­jury to for­ward James Har­ri­son, a close-sea­son sign­ing from Bat­ley Bull­dogs.

Tri­al­ist winger Jimmy McDaniel was knocked cold late in the game and will be as­sessed be­fore Rovers’ next match.

Cru­cially, Dews­bury came through their first win un­der new coach Lee Green­wood with no ma­jor fit­ness wor­ries.

They scored four tries to Rovers’ three de­spite hav­ing hooker Rob­bie Ward sin-binned in the sec­ond half. Hud­der­s­field­based for­ward Jor­dan An­drade, who played un­der Green­wood at Glouces­ter­shire All Golds, was among the try scor­ers and the pick of their new faces.

Dews­bury started well and were two tries ahead af­ter 22 min­utes, with Alex Brown and Lu­cas Wal­shaw touch­ing down and Paul Sykes adding a con­ver­sion.

Leeds Rhi­nos’ Josh Wal­ters, play­ing for Rovers on dual-reg- is­tra­tion, had a strong game and got the vis­i­tors off the mark five min­utes be­fore the break.

McDaniel went over from the penalty fol­low­ing Ward’s yel­low card and for­mer Wake­field and Castle­ford full-back Jor­dan Tansey’s touch­line con­ver­sion lev­elled the scores.

But An­drade’s try and a sec­ond goal from Sykes edged Rams back in front with 21 min­utes re­main­ing.

Ma­cauley Hal­lett, a tri­al­ist who played at Dews­bury last year, gave Rovers hope with a 72nd minute touch­down, but Tom Hal­l­i­day’s late try saw Rams into the semi­fi­nals.

Dews­bury Rams: Thomas, Mor­ton, Leem­ing, Ig­bine­dion, A Brown, Sykes, S Brown, Har­ri­son, Ward, Nicholson, Wal­shaw, Knowles, Trout. Sub­sti­tutes: Hal­l­i­day, Ray, Halmshaw, An­drade, Mackay, Gar­ratt, Richard­son.

Feather­stone Rovers: Tansey, McDaniel, Hal­lett, Wal­ters, Hart­ley, Richard­son, Pun­chard, Cooper, Maskill, Or­mon­droyd, Day, Waite-Pul­lan, Lock­wood. Sub­sti­tutes: Davies, Dar­ley, Har­ri­son, French, Beck­ett, Hawkins.

Ref­eree: J McMullen (Wi­gan).

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