Match report: Sheffield Eagles 52 Dewsbury 16

Menzie Yere battles through to score
Menzie Yere battles through to score
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Sheffield Eagles brought the curtain down on 24 seasons at Don Valley Stadium with a win over Dewsbury Rams.

The victory sets up a play-off semi-final eliminator against Halifax on Thursday night. to keep alive hopes of retaining their Championship title.

Eagles leave the doomed stadium - where demolition work is due to start in November - with happy memories.

The Eagles were back to their best after three defeats and took control with five first half-tries to set up a fifth victory over the Rams this season.

Half-back Dominic Brambani provided the ammunition, Menzie Yere bullied his way to a hat-trick of tries and Quentin Laulu-Togagae entertained with his darting runs.

Three tries in the first 20 minutes set the Eagles on their way. Winger Scott Turner took a perfectly judged chip from Brambani to touch down in the corner.

Centre Yere bustled his way over to set a new all-time career try scoring record of 115.

Captain Mitch Stringer celebrated 350 games for the club crashing over under the posts after taking a pass from Joe Hirst. Brambani converted the second two tries.

Centre Tom Armstrong weaved his way in from 20 metres out and Yere picked up an easy second try from Laulu-Togagae’s short pass. Brambani added the goals to put the Eagles 26-0 ahead at half-time.

Second row Michael Knowles went over from a Patch Walker pass after the restart.

Winger Greg Scott’s break from the halfway line got the Rams on the score sheet with Keiron Hyde adding the goal.

Normal service returned as Yere completed his hat-trick taking a chip by Walker and Armstrong crashed over from Brambani’s pass.

Brambani’s try brought up the 50 points and brought his gaols total to eight.

A late Rams flurry saw Scott scored his second try and James Craven go in at the corner. Tommy Gallagher converted the first try.

Chairman Ian Swire thanked the fans at half-time for their support and added the club hope to be playing in the city next season.

He confirmed that Owlerton Stadium, where the Eagles began 29 years ago, was the best hope of finding a new home.

n Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Finigan, Yere, Armstrong, Turner; Walker, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Szostak, Hirst. Subs: Green, Davey, Straugheir, Garside.

n Tries: Turner 7, Yere 10, 35, 59, Stringer 18, Armstrong 30, 64, Knowles 45, Brambani 69.

n Goals: Brambani

n Dewsbury: Morton; Craven, Watkinson, Beckett, Scott; Brown, Hyde; Nash, Bentley, Jones, Hale, Hepworth, Molloy. Sub: Gallagher, Aizue, Lillycrop, Tonks.

n Tries: Scott 55, 76, Craven 78.

n Goals: Hyde 1/1, Gallagher 1/1. Morton 0/1.

n Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

n Attendance: 839.