Greenwood calls for full effort in French exam

Greenwood calls for full effort in French exam

DEWSBURY RAMS boss Lee Greenwood wants his team to “have a proper dig” at Toulouse this weekend.

They travel to second-placed Olympique, who are already guaranteed a Championship play-off spot, tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm UK time) in their penultimate match of the season.

Dewsbury are safe from relegation but can still finish a place above or below their current position of 11th, with Widnes two points behind them and rivals Batley three ahead.

They have lost all six of their previous trips to Toulouse and suffered a convincing 38-0 defeat to the French outfit earlier in the season, but Greenwood still expects his charges to give a strong account of themselves.

He said: “Toulouse is a funny one. Some teams go there and have a proper dig at them, compete with them and give them a game, and some teams have gone there and got absolutely hammered.

“I’m hoping we’re the former and we give them a dig, but you’ll have to ask me after the game which way we’ll swing.”

Back-rower Michael Knowles will play no further part in the season after he was handed a two-match ban for a Grade C shoulder charge in the Rams’ recent clash with Bradford.

Greenwood says that the team largely picks itself in the final weeks of the campaign with the squad available to him.

“We’ve had a big turnover of players and at this moment in time the squad is a bit small,” he said. “Some people have made themselves unavailable for selection so the team almost picks itself in a way. There aren’t too many players getting left out.

“A lot of my work now will be looking at next season and how we plan to attack it. It’s not easy but I never thought it was going to be, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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