Beaten Rams ‘walk out’ in pitch protest

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DEWSBURY Rams staged a ‘walk-out’ protest after their controversial game with Sheffield Eagles at a private school.

DEWSBURY Rams staged a ‘walk-out’ protest after their controversial game with Sheffield Eagles at a private school.

In the run up to the game Rams’ head coach Warren Jowitt objected to playing at what he derided at a ‘school pitch’ at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill.

Jowitt also threatened wear his ‘school blazer’ – but stuck to a tracksuit for Friday’s clash. Almost immediately after their 40-12 defeat Dewsbury left on their team coach – snubbing the normal after match meal.

“They didn’t look too happy. It was in the changing rooms, a quick shower and then they were back on the coach and off. That’s not what teams normally do,” said a member of the Eagles game staff.

Eagles fans hit back at Jowitt’s pre-match jibes with chants of “back to school on Monday” as the Rams players left the field following a sixth defeat in seven games.

The game was played at Mount St Mary’s College, about ten miles from the city centre, because Bramall Lane and Don Valley Stadium are being re-seeded.

Dewsbury had been asked to switch fixtures and offered alternative dates but had refused. Friday’s result gave the Eagles a league double over the Rams following a 36-12 win at Dewsbury in April.

Eagles’ coach Mark Aston was happy to take the win and praised the staff at Mount St Mary’s for their efforts in staging the game.

“The pitch looked like Wembley, okay there were a few dry patches but credit to Mount St Mary’s because they helped us put on a professional game,” he said.

“I’d like to thank all the staff – the groundsman, the catering staff for a great job. The pitch was fine – it was like being in Australia watching a Queensland Cup competition game. In the sun, a barbeque on the side of the pitch and a few beers – it worked very well for us.”