Morrison targets Shield final

DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison remains positive ahead of his side’s daunting encounter with in-form London Broncos this weekend.

New recruit Bobbie Goulding is expected to make his second debut for the Rams, having joined on his return from playing in Australia for Newtown Jets and Redcliffe Dolphins.

Before departing down under Goulding was a member of Morrison’s 2013 Rams squad.

The half-back joins recent signings Mitch Stringer and Lucas Walshaw who both featured in yet another narrow defeat against arch rivals Batley Bulldogs last time out.

But Morrison is confident that his side will come good in time for the Super 8s.

“Unfortunately they (Batley) have got a habit this year of winning the tight ones and we’ve got a habit of not quite getting over the line and it was the same last weekend,” said Morrison.

“There were points there to be had but we didn’t quite have it in us to get them, so obviously that’s an area for us to work on ahead of the London game.

“But we can’t start feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to keep working hard and hopefully then some more results will go our way.

“I still think that we are on track for what we wanted to do, we need to make the semi-finals of the shield.

“If we can make the final then we have done one better than we did last year and that was the goal, there are still plenty of games left and we are still sitting there or there abouts.”

Without ruling out more signings in the coming weeks Morrison is happy with his recent recruitment and is confident the trio of Stringer, Walshaw and Goulding will give his side the boost necessary to close the gap on the top six.

“Mitch came in and did a good job for us, we knew that he would fit in well,” said Morrison.

“Walshaw has been here before and put in a great shift for us against Batley, so there are a lot of positives, it is hard to be too upset, we just would have liked the two points.”

Dewsbury, who have arguably played their better rugby against the league’s stronger sides this term, will hope for more of the same against London before they travel to face league leaders Leigh on the final day of the regular season, in just three games’ time.

Dewsbury are likely to be without top try-scorer Dalton Grant going into this Sunday’s fixture against the Broncos (3pm). The winger suffered an achilles injury that could rule him out for the season if scans show the tendon has snapped.

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