Rams and Bulldogs players play key roles as Jamaica draw

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The Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs trio representing Jamaica in the Rugby League World Cup qualifying tournament played key roles in Tuesday’s dramatic 18-18 draw against Canada in Florida.

Dewsbury’s Joel Farrell converted Lamont Bryan’s 21st minute try and, after Batley Bulldogs winger Alex Brown scored, the Rams man landed a penalty as Jamaica led 12-0 at half-time.

Farrell’s crossfield kick set up a 56th minute try for Batley winger Wayne Reittie, with the Dewsbury man again on target with the goal as Jamaica threatened to pull off a major upset.

However, fancied Canada fought back, scoring 18 points in the final 17 minutes to snatch a dramatic draw.

Farrell scored a try and kicked a goal on his international debut last Friday but Jamaica suffered a 20-14 defeat to 2013 RL World Cup quarter-finalists USA in Jacksonville.