In-form Eagles dish out harsh lesson to Rams

Unique setting: Sheffield Eagles supporters watch their team at St Mary's College.                                                                                             Picture: Roger Nadal.
Unique setting: Sheffield Eagles supporters watch their team at St Mary's College. Picture: Roger Nadal.
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SHEFFIELD Eagles enjoyed going back to school as they handed out a lesson on their way to claiming a Championship double over Dewsbury Rams.

The Eagles passed with top marks as they exploited a hard, dry pitch at St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, with fast attacking rugby bringing their points scored total in the last two games to 110.

Dewsbury had been unhappy at playing at the private school 10 miles from the city centre because Bramall Lane and Don Valley are being re-seeded. This result won’t have improved their mood.

Eagles made a slow start and it took a strong defence to keep Dewsbury out before a series of long passes set up the first try in the corner from winger Danny Mills with Simon Brown adding the goal.

Former Eagles’ half-back Dominic Brambani tried to lead a swift reply but it was met by a well organised Eagles defence with winger Elliot Hodgson going close for the visitors.

Eagles stepped up the pace and after a cross-field move stand-off Quentin Laulu-Togagae scurried in under the posts for his 10th try in seven games. Brown added the goal.

Five minutes from half-time fullback Misi Taulapapa was sin binned for holding down in tackle but the Rams were unable to make the extra man count and it was the Eagles who extended their lead.

Keeping the ball alive after the hooter prop Alex Rowe twisted his way over and Brown added the goal for an 18-0 lead.

Rams started the second half strongly with a break by James Lockwood sending in Rob Spicer for the try with Brambani adding the goal.

Eagles hit back and were dominating possession and laying siege to the Rams’ line with hooker Andrew Henderson playing a controlling role as they forced a double set of six before centre Menzie Yere blasted over for his 14th try of the season.

There was no try rush as Dewsbury battled their way back into the game with loose forward Rob Glynn crossing over. Brambani then added the goal.

Any hopes the Rams had of a losing bonus point were snuffed out as the Eagles finished strongly with three late tries.

Rowe forced his way over for his second with Tim Bergin nd centre Corey Hanson both going in at the corner and Brown finished with six goals from seven attempts.

n Eagles: Taulapapa, Mills, Yere, Hanson, Finigan, Laulu-Togagae, Brown, Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Szostak, Green, Hirst. Subs: Bergin, Cording, Rowe, Hepworth.

n Tries: Mills, 15, Laulu-Togagae, 27, Rowe, 40,70, Yere, 51, Bergin, 74, Hanson, 78.

n DEWSBURY: Turner, Hodgson, Wilson, Faal, Buchanan, Barthau, Brambani. Hirst, Blake, England, Spicer, Lockwood, Glynn. Subs: Menzies, Sarsfield, Wilson, Tebb.

n Tries: Spicer, 44, Glynn, 67.

n Attendance: 683.