CRUNCH CLASH FOR RAMS

CRUNCH CLASH FOR RAMS

DEWSBURY head coach Neil Kelly says that the Rams must improve their ball control and discipline ahead of a crucial clash with Swinton Lions on Sunday (3pm).

The Rams travel to Swinton this weekend and a win could put them four points clear of the Lions, who occupy the second relegation spot. 

Despite the added significance of playing one of their relegation rivals, Kelly believes all of Dewsbury’s matches from now until the end of the season are crucial.

“All the games we have now are huge, whether you win or lose it always seems that there is more pressure on you the week after,” said Kelly. 

“Swinton have been competitive in all of their games, no-one has really taken them to the cleaners.

“All of their games have been close recently and I don’t expect anything different this weekend. 

“We need to get the bad things out of our game that we allowed to creep back in against Batley, everyone can see we are good side and we need to do the things that make us a good side.”

Kelly lost to Batley for the first time since his return to the club and was disappointed in the manner in which is team was defeated. 

“I can see why we lost, there were things that we didn’t do right,” added Kelly. 

“We needed to control the ball and get our defence right and our discipline wasn’t as good as it has been in recent weeks.

“There were some positives in the game but that was more down to individual performances than a solid team performance.”

Kelly has also stated his desire to extend the contract of scrum-half Gareth Moore beyond the end of the current season, and believes there is a strong chance that he will be a Dewsbury player next year.  

He said: “Gareth has made a really positive start to his time here and I think he wants to stay and we want him to stay.

“I don’t expect too many problems in trying to sign Gareth long-term, there is a financial hurdle to overcome but if we are realistic we can sign him up and hopefully build a side around him.”

James Glover and Sam Day are in line to make their returns this weekend, however Robbie Ward is likely to miss out after taking a knock to the head against Batley.

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