More injury woes for Morrison ahead of Thunder cup tie

DEWSBURY Rams head coach Glenn Morrison believes that everything that could go wrong is going wrong for the Rams at the moment, after his team suffered another defeat and saw another player sidelined with injury.  

Second rower Brad Foster is the latest player on the treatment table after he suffered a serious shoulder injury in the 48-6 defeat to league leaders Hull KR.

Foster made his debut for Dewsbury in Sunday’s game, after recovering from the same shoulder injury that will now have him out for the rest of the season.

“I don’t think we will see Brad Foster for a while, with the number of injuries we have had this season it has been very tough,” said Morrison.

“It is one of those things out of our control, everything that can go wrong is going wrong at the moment.”

Morrison says that there are no issues with his team’s confidence as they search for their first win of 2017.

The former NRL man believes the Rams will have many more difficult games this season as they prepare to face League 1 side Newcastle Thunder at the Tetley’s Stadium in the Challenge Cup tonight (Friday, 8pm).

“There are going to be no easy games for us, Newcastle are a very good side with a good coach and they are coming into this game off the back of two tough wins.

“They will come with confidence and we are going to have to work hard to get our name in the hat for the next round.

“All cup games are a must-win, with it being a knockout competition every game is a grand final in the cup.”

Dewsbury’s loss on Sunday was their fifth defeat in as many games this season, but Morrison again doesn’t feel that the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game.

He said: “The effort was certainly there and there were a lot of positives, we spent a lot of time camped down their end but we were not able to come up with the creativity that would get us points on the board.

“They are a quality side of course and have quality players right across the board and I can’t see them getting beat.

“Their defence was pretty solid but we are not creating enough when we get into the right positions.

“It is up to the players to work hard, the players have been working hard in training but when it comes to executing the plays in a game situation it is a lot more difficult.

“We just need to keep working at it, the players have shown that they are capable of coming up with the right play, we just need to do it more often.”

Dewsbury will welcome back forward Jack Teanby for tonight’s game but will be unable to select any players from their dual-reg argreement with Wakefield due to the possibility of players becoming cup-tied.


• A minute’s silence was held before Sunday’s game as Dewsbury paid their respects to former coach Norman Smith who passed away last week. 

Smith coached the Rams from 1993 to 1995 and was in charge for the side’s first season at Owl Lane.

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