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Media Watch – Dewsbury Rams

April 15, 2023

Dewsbury’s Sam Day – SWPix

Cornwall face unbeaten Dewsbury Rams at the Flair Stadium tomorrow as the two teams meet for the first time ever.

The Rams, coached by Liam Finn after he replaced Lee Greenwood last season, suffered relegation from the Championship in 2022.

However, Finn’s charges have made a blistering start in an attempt to regain their second tier status at the first time of asking.

They sit top of the Betfred League 1 pile with a perfect 100 per cent record of five wins from as many games. Dewsbury have also made it through to the fifth round of the Betfred Challenge Cup and knocked Championship side Widnes vIkings out in the last round.

Their reward for a shock triumph over John Kear’s Vikings is a trip to London Broncos and after sending Widnes packing, Dewsbury defeated Hunslet 12-6 in their last league encounter on Good Friday.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, spoke with Stacy Mowforth, a journalism student who has covered the Rams this year for the Dewsbury Reporter.

CW: Dewsbury have started the season brilliantly but what has been their most impressive performance to date?

SM: My personal favourite to be a part of was the first home game against Midlands Hurricanes. Not only was it an impressive scoreline from Dewsbury’s point of view, it was the first time they’d won on home soil in the league for almost a year. It’s never easy to see your team suffer relegation, so a home win, after so long, was special. 

CW: Do you think the Challenge Cup run has been the catalyst for the 100 per cent start in the league? 

SM:  I do yes, especially with the result against Widnes. It demonstrated Dewsbury’s intent against strong Championship opposition. Winning Challenge Cup games always puts teams in a good mindset to kick on in the league, and I think that’s been the case for Dewsbury.

CW: It’s the first meeting between the Choughs and Dewsbury, what are the Rams expecting from Cornwall?

SM: Passion, grit and determination. It would be silly to go into the game with the mindset that Dewsbury will come away with the win; it’s rugby league and anything can happen. Cornwall will take it to Dewsbury and they will be coming into the game with a solid game plan on how to spring a surprise. 

CW:  Richard Butterworth has been a stand out performer for Dewsbury this year, but who else should Cornwall keep their collective eyes on? 

SM:  Scrum half Calum Turner has caught my eye this season. Giive him an inch of space and he’ll be through it and over the line. Ollie Greensmith is one to watch as well, he’s bagged an impressive five tries so far this season and wouldn’t surprise me if he gets over again on Sunday.

CW: And finally, can you tell us how you think the 80 minutes will pan out? 

SM: Based on form and momentum, I can’t see past a Dewsbury win. But whatever the score, I can see Cornwall, as they have done so far this season, putting in a huge effort. However, I think the Rams will just be too strong and are on a hot streak of form currently.

You can follow Stacy on Twitter: @stacymofo