Match Report: Sheffield Hallam Warriors 6–12 UCLAN Rams

By Jake Hartley-Moore - Reporter

UCLan Rams edged closer towards the play-offs as they defeated league leaders Sheffield Hallam.

In a top-of-the-table clash, the Rams knew that anything less than a win would scupper their play-off chances, but a defensive masterclass from the Lancashire side saw them defeat their title rivals.

In the early stages of the game the Rams started to take a command early on in the game as Craig Mcginlay intercepted Dutch Stephenson’s pass to give the Rams a turnover.

Quarterback Josh Mills showcased his quality by throwing in the early passages of the game as he picked out wide reciever Max Mottershead for a 20 yard gain.

Mills would again be at the centre of Rams impressive offensive line as he precisely picked out team captain Adam “Fresh” Bamber for a 14 yard reception, as Bamber got his 11th touchdown of the season.

QB Mills narrowly missed his PAT as he crashed it again the upright.

Both Bamber and Mills continued to show their great link up play as Bamber made an incredible catch for 21 yards, before carrying it another five yards as he broke off two tackles.

Chris Littler then got the Rams off to the perfect start in the 2nd half as he showed great feet and awareness to run round the outside of the defensive line to cruise home a 16 yard touchdown.

However Littler’s two point attempt was brought to a halt by a well-structured Sheffield defence.

As the game continued the Rams defense kept on being tested as Yu-Joe lewis Lai, Jack Cummings and Steven Czarnecki all lead by force as they broke down Hallam offence throughout the title clash.

Hallam would create a nervy fourth quarter for the Rams though as Hallam’s running back showed incredible speed and feet to get Hallam a touchdown, as he drove for a 23 yard touchdown.

The result means that UCLan are two points off leaders Sheffield as they head into the final game of the regular season against Leeds Carnegie, as they battle for a play-off spot and potential title.

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