HEAD COACH Glenn Morrison described last night’s visit of play-off rivals Doncaster (Thursday) as Dewsbury Rams’ “grand final”.
With title-chasing Leigh Centurions up next, victory was a must for Morrison’s men in order for his side to make the play-offs for the first time in 13 years at this level.
Dewsbury last qualified for the then Northern Ford Premiership play-offs back in 2000.
And Australian boss Morrison, pictured above, planned to use the startling statistic as motivation with his Rams, who sat seventh on the league ladder prior to kick off, aiming to create history.
“If we were to make the eight then I believe we will have surpassed realistic expectations,” Morrison said, on the eve of his side’s huge test.
“If you look back at the history books, the club hasn’t made the play-offs – at this level – since 2000.
“It really is a grand final game for us and that is how we are treating it. Everything is riding on this game, our whole season, and we have to win if we want to make the play-offs.
“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved thus far and I will be even more proud if we can get past Doncaster.”
The former Super League and NRL star was forced to field four injured players for last weekend’s visit of Sheffield.
And Morrison was facing a similar dilemma ahead of the mid-week contest, with “a number” of his Rams racing to prove their fitness.
At the time of going to press it remained unclear as to whether or not the Rams would be albe to benefit from the services of Super League partners Bradford Bulls, who were are without a game this weekend owing to
tomorrow’s Challenge Cup final (Saturday).