LEE GREENWOOD hopes that Halifax have both eyes on their Challenge Cup semi-final rather than their clash with his Dewsbury side this weekend.
The Rams are just two points clear of the relegation zone heading into the West Yorkshire derby at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
Halifax are out of contention for a Championship play-off spot and have a huge Challenge Cup last-four tie to look forward to against Super League leaders St Helens the following week.
Despite their poor league form – last week’s defeat of Widnes was a first win in seven – they have racked up two comfortable victories over Dewsbury already this season.
The Rams failed to score a point in March’s reverse fixture, losing 26-0 at The Shay, while Halifax came out on top 34-6 in May on their cup run.
Greenwood admits that it will a tough task to take the two league points if their opponents, who have won on their last five visits to Dewsbury in total, can match those performances.
“Halifax have been right at it when they’ve played us, both times this season,” he said.
“They haven’t had a good season at all but the two times they’ve played us they’ve turned it on.
“When they beat us at their place it was their best performance of the season, and when they came to ours in the Challenge Cup they got right on it and beat us very comfortably.
“If they turn up anything like that we’re going to struggle. I’m hoping that they’ve got not one eye but both eyes on the Saints game the week after.”
He added that his own side must improve to have any chance of victory after their 28-22 defeat at Sheffield last week.
“That wasn’t good enough so we need to be better than that,” he admitted. “That was good enough to just stick in there, lose a close one and look like you’ve given it a really good go.
“There were bits of it that I’m not happy with. The try line defence was hideous if I’m being honest.
“If we hadn’t been so dominant with field position early on in the second half, Sheffield would have scored every time they got down there. It was that bad.”
The Rams will remain without Robbie Ward for the Halifax clash as the hooker continues to nurse an ankle injury.
On-loan winger Conor McGrath is unable to play against his parent club, leaving Andy Gabriel in line for a recall to make his 100th career appearance.