DEWSBURY Rams head coach Neil Kelly believes his side are improving ahead of their Kingstone Press Championship clash with high-flying Featherstone Rovers tomorrow evening (6pm).
The Rams go into the game on the back of a 54-6 defeat against Wakefield Trinity in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.
Despite the heavy scoreline Kelly took plenty of positives from the game and believes that if his team’s defensive display can be replicated more often, they will begin to pick up some much-needed points.
“We got a lot of credit for how we played on Friday, I am not ignoring the result but I am really buoyed up by how the players performed,” said Kelly.
“If we can defend like that in the Championship we will start to pick up results, but we have to be better with the ball.
“Featherstone will be a real test for us, they have been one of the best sides in the league this year and they are in a rich vein of form at the moment.”
Featherstone will be without key men Chris Ulugia and Luke Briscoe who both suffered ankle injuries in their sixth round Challenge Cup victory over Halifax.
Dewsbury will be boosted by the signing of former Batley half-back Gareth Moore, who has joined on-loan from current club Halifax until the end of the season.
Moore had two spells with Batley between 2010 and 2013 where he made 89 appearances and scored 44 tries. He also played for Wakefield five times, registering one try.
The 27-year-old is a product of the Leeds Rhinos youth system and is the fourth signing Kelly has made since his arrival at Dewsbury.
“He is a brilliant player who is experienced and he knows the Championship inside out,” said Kelly.
“He has a great kicking game and is a welcome addition to the squad.
“We are getting into some good attacking positions but are lacking some composure to break the opposition down and Gareth can provide us with some cutting edge.”
Dewsbury have also signed Huddersfield Giants Academy player Billy Hayes on loan until the end of the season, and Kelly is hoping the added fire power will help Dewsbury on their way to a vital two points tomorrow evening.
“Billy has just come out of the Huddersfield Academy and he is coming to educate himself at senior level,” added Kelly.