HOSPITALISED: Dewsbury Rams Jy-mel Coleman collapsed during training last week
GLENN MORRISON realises a shock victory at Featherstone on Sunday could be just enough for his play-off vying Dewsbury Rams to make the top eight.
Dewsbury sit seventh ahead of kick-off and are three points clear of ninth-placed Workington, following a hard-fought 20-16 triumph over Hunslet last time out.
Although weekend opponents Featherstone, sitting second on the league ladder, are the favourites, Morrison insists the pressure remains on his side.
“We are not there yet and Sunday is another massive test for us,” said the Australian.
“I was pleased with what we served up against Hunslet, especially when you consider we could and perhaps should have had five or six more tries, but we still need another win at least.
“Featherstone is one of the toughest places to go and we are short on numbers, we are very thin on (the ground), but we will take the confidence gained from last week and see what we come up with.”
In Morrison’s defence, the Rams really are down to the bare bones.
Dual-registered hooker Adam O’Brien suffered a shoulder injury against the Hawks last Sunday and Lucas Walshaw, who failed to make it through the warm-up ahead of the Hunslet game, is likely to be recalled by parent club Wakefield.
“It’s going to be a case of waiting until the last minute to see who we have available, but thankfully Tebby (Matthew Tebb) is back with us until the end of the year,” added Morrison.
“He is probably going to go straight in to replace Adam (O’Brien).”
Meanwhile, the club have announced plans to raise funds for hospitalised half-back Jy-mel Coleman.
Coleman, 24, collapsed during training last week, having returned to the Tetley’s Stadium after a month out on loan at Championship One Hemel Stags.
The former Keighley Cougar was taken straight to Dewsbury and District Hospital, where he remains, as tests to determine what caused the collapse are ongoing.
A club spokesperson said: “Jy-Mel did collapse and was treated by our physiotherapist, who decided he should go to hospital.
“Jy-mel has spent the last week in hospital, undergoing tests to determine the root cause of what happened.
“At the moment these tests are ongoing and Jy-mel is likely to remain in hospital for a further five to seven days.
“He is in good spirits and has thanked fans for their recent concerns.”
The Press understands Coleman will not feature again this season and, in addition, will be unable to work for some time.
As a result, the Rams are going to release details of planned fundraising events set to take place in the coming weeks and months.
The club plan to issue a further statement in due course.
By Ryan Sparks