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Dewsbury Rams 0-40 York Knights - Match Report

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York Knights sealed their biggest Betfred Championship victory of the season after easing past Dewsbury Rams 40-0 at the FLAIR Stadium.

A first-half double from Joe Brown and tries from Brad Ward and Ata Hingano had York 18-0 up at the break.

Hingano rounded off his brace in the second period before Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Thompson and Ukuma Ta’ai scores wrapped up the eight-try rout, as York marked Head Coach Mark Applegarth’s first game at the helm with a convincing victory.

After a scrappy start in which both sides were guilty of coming up with errors and conceding penalties, the Knights found their groove to score thrice within the space of 10 minutes.

Will Jubb smartly spotted room down the left flank to throw a cut-out dummy-half pass for Ward to acrobatically dive over from.

And just three minutes later, York doubled their lead when Hingano pinched an attempted wide pass from Dewsbury’s Huddersfield Giants dual registration half-back Kieran Rush and raced clear from 30m out.

Will Dagger converted the latter but not the former of the tries, the first of four goals from seven attempts.

Brown completed the trio of quick-fire scores when Dagger’s looping pass picked out the winger on the right flank, with the former Bradford Bulls man stepping back inside to produce a marvellous finish amid a bundle of Dewsbury tryline defenders.

York’s number two produced an ever better score with five minutes left of the first half.

After Ollie Greensmith lost possession on the York 10, the Knights were alive to work the ball to Brown, who rounded his marker and sprinted 90m to the whitewash.

Liam Harris and then Dagger were unable to convert Brown’s tries, leaving York 18-0 up at the break.

The visitors picked up from where they left off in the second half, scoring within 90 seconds of the restart. Dewsbury made a mess of dealing with a Hingano chip to the left flank, with Keinhorst profiting to ground via his fingertips.

Applegarth introduced latest recruit Sam Cook midway through the second period and the Australian marked his debut with an assist, after seeing Hingano drive through two defenders from his first receiver carry.

Comfortably leading 28-0 at this stage, York increased their advantage with a couple of late scores to take them up to 40 points by the finish.

Bouncing off two defenders, Thompson twisted over the whitewash before Ta’ai rounded off the scoring by strolling in from Harris’ short pass.

Dewsbury: O’Connor, Carr, Graham, Greensmith, Restall, Turner, Rush, Beckett, Cu. Davies, Dixon, Billington, Garside, Collinson

Subs (all used): Morris, Hird, Bibby, Butterworth

18th Player: Hookem

York: Dagger, Brown, Williams, Keinhorst, Ward, Harris, Hingano, Ta’ai, Jubb, Fitzsimmons, Bailey, Field, Thompson

Subs (all used): Teanby, Santi, Daley, Cook (debut)

18th Player: Reynolds

Tries: Ward (17’), Hingano (20’, 56’), Brown (27’, 34’), Keinhorst (42’), Thompson (75’), Ta’ai (79’)

Goals: Dagger (4/7), Harris (0/1)


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