DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison admits it will be a difficult task to beat league leaders Leigh Centurions on Sunday.
However, the Rams coach says he has confidence in his side’s ability to lift themselves for the big occasion.
The Tetley’s Stadium outfit host the league leaders on Sunday (3pm) looking for a reaction after a 40-20 reverse at Keighley last weekend.
The current number one team in the competition are unbeaten in the league – with nine wins from nine games – and have reached the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.
They come into the round 10 fixture off the back of a league and cup double over promotion rivals Featherstone Rovers.
Despite this coach Glenn Morrison says he knows his side can step up for the big games.
He said: “It will be difficult because they are undefeated and nobody is playing as well as them. It is difficult to ignore their record and of course we pay attention to it but we won’t let it worry us.
“We just need to lift and play as well as we can and we have every chance.
“Everyone wants to play big games, that is what you play for. We have been good against strong teams like Featherstone and Wigan in the cup.
“We have everything to lose in this game, we play to get respect from the teams around us.
“We always play to win and this will be no different to any other game.
“It is about getting back on the horse for us after the Keighley game and what better game than this to do that.”
Dewsbury hold a good record against the higher-placed teams this season, having already beaten third-placed Featherstone and second-placed Doncaster.
But they currently sit sixth in the table, having lost games against teams below them on the ladder – including last weekend’s loss at Keighley.
This is a problem that needs correcting according to Morrison, who added: “The problem is we beat the teams above us but we are poor against teams below us and that is something we need to change.
“We will remain focused on us and our performance rather than our opponents.
“Leigh have their Super League ambitions and have built around that. They will want to win all of their games.
“They have quality across the park so we will need to be at our best to keep them out.”
Dewsbury go in to the fixture without Aaron Brown who has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
But the remainder of Morrison’s squad is fit and available, giving the Australian another selection headache ahead of Sunday’s game.