DEWSBURY RAMS coach Lee Greenwood has admitted that “some of our boys need to turn into men”.
The Rams have failed to pick up any points over Easter, letting a lead slip against 12-man Batley in the Heavy Woollen derby last week before defeat at Leigh on Easter Monday.
The Rams boss has been honest about the challenges faced in recruitment following his off-season arrival, with the club currently calling on a considerable loan contingent each week.
Wakefield’s Luke Hooley and Wigan pair Samy Kibula and Callum Field played both games over the Easter period, while Warrington forward Ellis Robson made his debut in the Good Friday defeat to the Bulldogs.
“We’ve got young lads in there, we’ve got lads on loan, there are quite a lot of quiet characters in there and we probably are looking for leaders,” he admitted after the loss to their nearest and dearest rivals.
“Obviously recruitment is hard once you’ve started. The loan guys that we’re getting are good kids and they’re learning the ropes while they’re with us, so that was a good learning curve for them today, just how to lift that intensity.
“It’s an old adage of men against boys but some of that looked like that. (Batley) played a conservative game around the middle but ran really hard, and some of our guys just weren’t ready for it, and it’s really hard to turn that around once you’ve got into that.”
Greenwood added that the performances were a reflection of where the two Heavy Woollen rivals are currently at.
“Ability-wise there’s nothing in it, skill-wise there’s nothing in it, but just as a team they’re ahead of where we are, and that’s to be expected with where the coaches’ are in their time at the clubs.
“They looked like a team full of blokes who had been together for a bit, against a team of individuals with some young lads in there and some quiet lads.
He added: “There’s a bit of soul searching going on for the lads. We’ve just got to take that as a learning curve from the men’s side of it.
“Some of our boys need to turn into men and quickly, because it’s a tough competition and it’s pretty ruthless.”
It doesn’t get any easier as they travel next to a full-time Widnes outfit, who beat rivals Leigh before going down at York over Easter, this Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
The Vikings remain in the bottom two courtesy of their 12-point deduction for entering administration, so defeat for Dewsbury on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) would push them to within at least two points of the relegation zone.