The UCLan Rams recorded their first win of 2017 with a 26-8 win against a bitterly disappointed Sheffield Sabres.
Looking to record back to back wins for the first time this season, the Rams scored three touchdowns in the second half to come back from behind to push closer towards the play-offs.
The Rams got off to the perfect start as only in the second play, running back Tyler Browne was grateful for some vital blocking from Joey Howe, Adam Bamber and Alfred Mzengereza, which allowed for Browne to speed through the defence for him to advance away for a 65 yard touchdown.
The resulting PAT was converted by Josh Mills to give the Rams an early 7–0 lead.
Sabres though found a way back into the game in the second quarter as they capitalised on a Rams fumble in their red zone for the Sabres to react quickest and get the touchdown. Sheffield then took the lead with a two point conversion.
In the second half Adam Bamber was showing plenty of promising signs for the Rams and shortly into the third quarter reaped the rewards. Bamber showed great feet and agility to drive through an open-gaped Sabres defence for him to get a 25 yard touchdown.
Tyler Browne was starting to live up to his hype as the former Manchester Titans running back got his second touchdown of the game. With the Rams having got themselves in the Sheffield red zone, Browne showed great strength to bully his way through a compacted defence for him to get the touchdown.
Sheffield’s misery was complete right at the very end of the fourth quarter. Chris Littler got himself on the score sheet as he powered through the middle, before jumping into the end zone for him get a red zone touchdown. Mills converted the following PAT for his second of the tie.
“ I thought we played fantastic, credit has to go out to all of the units” Browne said.
“I felt we came together and had each other’s backs which got us through this tough fixture”
“I saw the blocks and I just took a chance, it benefited me as it was my first regular touch down of the season.”