Dewsbury safe but Greenwood rues ‘physically dominated’ performance

Dewsbury safe but Greenwood rues ‘physically dominated’ performance

DEWSBURY RAMS’ Championship status is secured for another year, but coach Lee Greenwood admits he wanted to do it “on our terms”.

They comfortably lost at home to Bradford – a third defeat on the bounce – last weekend, but Sheffield’s win over Barrow at the same time meant that the Rams were safe.

Having drawn with Halifax and lost by a single point to Featherstone in their previous two home games, Greenwood was disappointed to see his side so well beaten this time around.

“We wanted to get over the line on our terms and certainly (after) the last two home performances against Fax and Fev, who are similar sides to Bradford, we thought we could have given them a game,” he said after the Bulls’ 34-10 win.

“But today we made too many mistakes and gave too many penalties away which put pressure on us.”

He added: “I’d say we were dominated physically and just weren’t good enough. That’s a team that spends a hell of a lot of money, maybe 50 per cent are full-time, and I think that showed.

“They were athletically and physically a lot better. If you look at both teams on paper that’s probably what should happen. I’m trying to make it not happen but we’d have to almost play the perfect game to make that a proper contest, and it was far from a perfect game.”

With Bradford currently outside of the play-off places, Greenwood says it is a stark reminder of the strength of the Championship, and predicts it to be even more difficult for Dewsbury next season.

“More than likely that’s a Bradford team that will finish seventh, so in our league that’s a mid-table team,” he said.

“I’ve just told the boys that the level of the division has gone up a hell of a lot. That’s a mid-table team now in the Championship. 

“That’s the benchmark for teams like Dewsbury and Batley, smaller clubs without big budgets.

“This division is tough, and depending on who gets promoted and relegated from League One and Super League, it could get even tougher next year.”

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