Improvements required ahead of tough games

Improvements required ahead of tough games

DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Glenn Morrison insists the best is still to come from his new-look 2016 squad.

The Owl Lane side have won three games from four this season and following their win over Whitehaven last weekend find themselves in the top four in the Championship.

But this Sunday’s trip to Featherstone will be the Rams’ toughest test of the season so far, and Morrison realises his side will have to improve if they are to repeat their win at the Big Fellas Stadium last year.

“To be three wins from four having not played your best rugby is good, but obviously we would have liked to have won our first four games against teams who will be fighting to be around us come the end of the season,” said Morrison.

“So far we’ve seen glimpses of what we can do but we need to maintain that performance throughout a full game and not lose concentration.

“We’ve been working on basic skill moves this week and hopefully that will pay off for us against the so-called stronger teams in the league.

“It’s good to be up their with the full-time teams, but given our part-time training schedule it will take us a little longer to get up to speed and play at our best.”

Morrison does have a number of injury concerns going into this weekend’s game with Featherstone.

Jack Teanby is a doubt with an ankle injury and Andy Kain is set to miss the game because a knee and rib problem.

Local boy Zach Johnson will also be unavailable after he joined Hunslet this week on a one-month loan deal.

The injury-prone prop forward missed the entirety of his debut season with the Rams last year and is looking for first team rugby in a bid to improve his fitness.

Elsewhere this week Dewsbury were drawn against Bradford Bulls in what is the pick of the Challenge Cup fourth round ties.

“From the club’s perspective it’s a great tie and I expect it will bring a high turn out to the game,” added Morrison.

“But from a coach’s angle it couldn’t have got any tougher."

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