Bulls up next, but Morrison sees light at end of tunnel

Glenn Morrison hopes that Dewsbury’s Challenge Cup win over Newcastle Thunder can prove to be a springboard as his side look to get their Championship campaign off the mark.

The Rams travel to Odsal on Sunday where they take on bottom side Bradford Bulls (3pm).

Bradford have won three of their six league games so far  and sit bottom due to a 12-point deduction, and Sunday’s fixture marks the beginning of a tough run of games for Morrison’s side.

However Morrison believes that last Friday’s victory will provide a much-needed confidence boost to his team, who have lost all of their league games so far.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up, but it will be good to go in thinking we can win,” said Morrison.

“I don’t think we have been too far away, we just haven’t been getting the results and we haven’t really had the confidence to play.

“During the first half we played like we have trained and hit the right areas of the field, it has lifted confidence as the boys have been playing under a bit of pressure lately.

“We have shown that when we put on the plays we have trained to do we can score points. The boys are in the changing room smiling and are a bit happier after that performance.

“We haven’t been creating correct plays to be able to score points, we scored some good tries and it’s good to show our home fans that we can play a bit of rugby.”

Jack Teanby was due to make his return from injury in last Friday’s game but he was rested to allow him more time to fully recover for this weekend’s tie.

Morrison says that a few more players should be fit for Sunday’s game as Dewsbury hope their long injury list can begin to shorten.

He said: “I’m hoping Andy Kain will be okay to play, Jode Sheriffe has a bit of a groin strain and that’s why he didn’t play in the second half, but hopefully it isn’t too bad.

“This is one of the reasons I wanted to play the game on a Friday night as it gives us a few more days to recover for the next game, we need it.”

Morrison has also thanked Castleford Tigers for allowing Dewsbury to play loan player Dan Igbinedion in Friday’s game, as loan and dual-reg players are usually unavailable for the Challenge Cup.

He said: “Cas have been good, they allowed us to play a loan player, Dan Igbinedion, even though it means he will be cup-tied.”

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