Skolars vs Dewsbury Match Report

2nd May 2023

BetFred League 1 – 29th April 2023

London Skolars 16 Dewsbury Rams 48


Facing unbeaten league leaders Dewsbury Rams after five weeks without a game was always going to be tough for Skolars, but their second half performance will have been encouraging ahead of next Sunday’s game against Midlands Hurricanes.


It was Dewsbury’s second trip to the capital in two weekends after taking on London Broncos in the Challenge Cup and they got off to the best of starts winning possession from a high kick-off and after Louis Collinson was held up over the line, Owen Restall joined the attack on the right to touchdown in the right corner with just over a minute gone. He was in support to finish off a Reiss Butterworth break six minutes later. When Caelum Jordan cut through the defence with ease, it looked ominous for Skolars.


Lameck Juma, in his first appearance this season, went close at the other end but Butterworth kept cutting through the defence with Skolars regularly on the backfoot. When he chip-kicked to the right, it fortuitously missed Arron Small’s hands and Lewis Carr touched down.


Dewsbury’s next try came from an intercept, Jordan taking a slow pass from Jacob Thomas before racing 80 metres to the Tottenham end. They added two further scores before the break, Oliver Greensmith slipping past the defence, then finishing a fast passing move from a scrum in the last minute of the half leaving Skolars 36 nil at the break.


However, they made an error at the second half kick-off. Matt Ross was held-up twice in one set, then Juma lost the ball as he tried to crash over. A relieving 40-20 kick gave the Rams an opportunity to regroup and attack, but they lost the ball on the second tackle.


After Alex Deery was held up after taking a lateral Thomas kick, giving Skolars another chance to attack. Lamont Bryan forced his way over by the posts and Lameck Juma repeated that six minutes later. Small was held-up a few minutes later, but after their poor start to the season, the Londoners weren’t used to controlling the game and white-line fever meant they failed to capitalise on territorial superiority. The Rams were also guilty of handling errors and had to defend again after kicking out on the full.


The visitors finally re-asserted themselves when Owen Restall looked to pass the ball to the left wing before spotting a gap opening in front of him and gratefully took the opportunity to complete his hat-trick. Matt Garside added another try with three minutes remaining, with Paul Sykes kicking his sixth try of the afternoon.


Once again there was a try as the hooter sounded, this time it was Skolars who scored with Harry Kaufman just managing to dive to the tryline in the right corner. That try and the second half performance will have given Skolars a well-needed confidence boost as they now start a run of weekly games, a rare event in the division this season.

Author-Andrew Jackson



1 Donald Kudangirana

5 Leighton Ball

3 Jerome Yates

4 Aaron Small

2 Louis O’Sullivan

7 Jacob Thomas

6 Jack Ryan

15 Malakhi Lloyd-Jones

9 Doug Chirnside

8 Christian Gale

12 Jimmy Morgan

11 Lameck Juma

13 Matt Ross

Subs (all used)

6 Alex Deery

19 Todd Peut

22 Lamont Bryan

18 Harry Kaufman


Tries: Bryan (52), Juma (58), Kaufman (80)

Goals: Ryan 2/3



1 Owen Restall

2 Lewis Carr

3 Oliver Goldsmith

21 Caelum Jordan

4 Davy Dixon

6 Paul Sykes

28 Luke Littlejohn

8 James Beckett

9 Reiss Butterworth

22 Jack Coventry

12 Matt Garside

18 Brad Graham

13 Louis Collinson


Subs (all used)

20 Jackson Walker

17 Elliot Morris

25 Tom Wilkinson

27 Owen Farrar


Tries: Restall (2,8,69) Jordan (11,25), Carr (21,40), Greensmith (36), Garside (77)

Goals: Sykes 6/9


Penalties: 6-4


Half-time: 0-36

Referee: Luke Bland

Att: 236


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 0-10. 0-16, 0-20, 0-26, 0-32, 0-36; 6-36, 12-36, 12-42, 12-40, 12-48 16-48

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