Morrison’s patience running out

Morrison’s patience running out

THERE could be a new-look Dewsbury team that takes to field against Bradford Bulls on Sunday at the Provident Stadium (3pm) after coach Glenn Morrison said he can no longer wait for players to return to form.

The Rams had to settle for a point in last weekend’s draw to Workington Town, after Carl Forber kicked a last-minute touchline conversion for the Cumbrian side.

The week previously Dewsbury were given a huge scare by bottom-club Doncaster in front of the home fans at the Tetley’s Stadium – and Morrison says his team are simply not playing well enough.

“We could see some changes for the game on Sunday, our second team are playing well and I can’t keep giving people chances week-in, week-out,” he said.

“I might give them one last chance to prove it to me. We were poor, poor at best. We need to improve across the park, both individually and as a team.

“I’m not sure why some players don’t perform against the smaller clubs, but they need to realise we’re not the best side in the world. It’s up to the players, the coaching staff can’t do any more.

“I can’t wake up next to a player and drill the game plan into him until he gets to the game. We’ve made a point of this in training and told the players these games mean a lot.”

While Dewsbury still remain in the top four, Halifax, Featherstone and London are just one point behind the Rams in the Kingstone Press Championship table, and Sunday’s game against the Bulls is the start of five tough games for Morrison’s side.

“If we’re playing like we are we won’t be in the top four,” the Rams boss said.

“These games are vital. I have confidence in the squad they can turn this around but it needs to happen pretty quick, because some of these teams will embarass us.”

Centre Jason Crookes said a positive they can take going into the game against his former side was that the Rams tend to do well against ‘bigger clubs.’

“We can perform against the teams further up the table,” the former Hull man said. “To look at it in a positive way, we always seem to show up well against the bigger teams so hopefully we can lift ourselves for the next five games.”

If Dewsbury lose to the joint-league leaders Bradford and other results go against them, they could drop as low as seventh, but Morrison said that doesn’t worry him.

“Our goal has always been to improve on last year, and that means making the top six. If we get in the top four it’s a bonus. With the amount of money other clubs spend in this league, we’re doing well.”

After the clash against James Lowes’ team, the Rams host Halifax, before trips to Leigh and Featherstone, and end the tricky period of fixtures at home to London on July 12.

The Broncos are the only team Morrison’s men have beaten out of their next five opponents this season, after a 20-16 victory in the capital back in April.

While the Rams chief said he didn’t watch Andrew Henderson’s side beat neighbours Batley on Wednesday night, he said he would be doing his homework on all the teams in his side’s last remaining seven games, before the league splits.

“I’ll be trying to figure them all out. I get all the games and we prepare for every match. I watch more rugby games than I should but our main focus is concentrating on what we’ve been doing and improving.”

• Dewsbury have announced they have raised £3,900 for the Danny Jones fund. The Rams held fundraising activities at two home matches back in May, with bucket collections, auctions and raffles all taking place.

Several of the club’s sponsors, directors and supporters made separate private donations.

Kieran Hyde allowed teammate Ryan Wright to shave his beard off in front of the home fans and Dewsbury chairman Mark Sawyer said the Rams wanted to help.

“The news of Danny’s passing affected all of us at the club and we moved quickly to organise our fundraising activities in support of his family,” he said.

“The club is proud to be able to make this contribution to the fund.”

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