DEWSBURY RAMS’ injury crisis appears to be easing ahead of the visit of in-form Featherstone Rovers on Sunday (3pm).
The Rams returned to winning ways with a 36-16 victory at Whitehaven last weekend and crucially picked up no new knocks, meaning coach Glenn Morrison may select the same side to face fourth-placed Fev.
The Rams lost out by a single point when they faced Featherstone Rovers at Post Office Road in March, and Morrison is anticipating a similarly tough encounter at the Tetley’s Stadium.
“Featherstone are very strong but we are at home and these are the games you need to win if you are going to push for a top six or a top four finish,” said Morrison.
“They have put a virtually Super League-strength side together, topped up by some Super League loan and dual registration signings.
“It will be a big ask but we are determined to give it our best.
“We still have a few players missing but we are looking to get a strong side back fit for the right time of year, so we can give it a good push.”
Dewsbury moved up to eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship following their win at Whitehaven, running in six tries as several players returned from injury to make the trip to Cumbria.
“It was a much-improved display from our last few games and it showed what we can do when we have front-rowers back in the side,” Morrison added.
“Before we went up to Cumbria the message was to put everything behind us from the last few weeks and to start the season again.
“We look at it being our first game, so we are one from one and will look to build from here.
“Getting the win enabled us to enjoy the journey back and the family feel is back again.”
Pack men Ryan Hepworth and Rob Spicer are close to a return after being sidelined by injury, but with the Rams coming through the Whitehaven game relatively unscathed, Morrison is likely to name the same team as last Sunday.
Featherstone boss Jon Sharp is also anticipating a close match and said: “There could be a fag paper between us again.
“Dewsbury always seem to raise their game and play really well against us.
“It’s a small, tight field at Dewsbury and I think it will be a war of attrition.”