OUT-OF-SORTS Dewsbury Rams face their toughest game of the season to date when they host Super League’s Wigan Warriors on Sunday (3pm).
Rams head coach Morrison was livid with his side’s fourth straight defeat in the Championship last Friday at the hands of Sheffield Eagles, and as a result the Owl Lane side haven’t started preparations as early as they would have liked for the Challenge Cup sixth round tie.
“We were so poor in the second half against Sheffield last week that we haven’t really thought about Wigan and the threats they’ll pose,” said Morrison.
“Instead we’ve had honest discussions with each other and worked on obvious areas for improvement so that we don’t get taken apart by Wigan.
“We’ve been really poor lately and we need to step things up. Some key players for us haven’t been performing and it’s not good enough.
“You’d like to think the players won’t need much motivation to play Wigan, but after some of our recent performances I feel like making changes.
“Some players will be dropped and will have to prove themselves to me again if they want to play in games as big as the one against Wigan.”
But the Challenge Cup has seen Dewsbury play some of their best rugby this term, with an impressive win over full-timers Bradford Bulls at the Tetley’s Stadium in round four.
That was followed by a comfortable win over the undefeated League One side York City Knights in round five.
Now the Rams have the chance to reach the quarter-finals, but history doesn’t bode well for Morrison’s men. Their only previous success in the cup against Wigan came 116 years ago.
And in the most recent encounter between the two sides Wigan came out on top 58-6 to progress to the fifth round of the 2014 Challenge Cup.
But this year Wigan have been inconsistent and in the cup Rams fans know anything can happen.
Shaun Wane’s men have only won two of their last five outings, failing to win either of their last two away games.
“Wigan are a top side and despite slipping up in recent weeks they have some of the best players in the world and will cause us trouble,” said Morrison.
“It could be a very long afternoon if we don’t improve on the Sheffield defeat, I am looking for a good performance and I expect us to compete and cause them some problems.
“In the cup you never know, there have already been a few big upsets this year so hopefully we can cause another.”
The injury-hit Rams will be without the cup-tied Etu Uaisele and Ryan Wright, who has rejoined Doncaster. Shane Grady is also a doubt with a hamstring strain and half-back James Glover is suffering with a leg knock.
Meanwhile James Delaney has been recalled from a loan spell at Doncaster and could be in line to feature against Wigan at the Tetley’s Stadium.