NEIL KELLY has questioned the desire of some of his players ahead of their crunch clash with Swinton Lions.
The Rams travel to face the Championship’s second-bottom side on Sunday afternoon hoping to end a run of three straight defeats.
Swinton have only managed two wins all season and Kelly wants his side to be braver after they were heavily beaten by Leigh Centurions last weekend.
“I questioned the players’ desire to be professional rugby players or to be involved with sport,” said the Dewsbury head coach in reaction to the 56-12 defeat against Leigh.
“I am looking for a kind of response, I am more about my players showing the desire to win.
“I don’t think we were brave enough against Leigh, I am not throwing this at everybody because I have players within my side that are more than brave enough.
“But I don’t think I could make that statement across the whole team.”
Dewsbury currently sit just three points ahead of Swinton in the table after only three wins and one draw from their 18 league games in 2018.
And Kelly is expecting a testing afternoon against the Lions, who he believes are a better team than their league placing suggests.
He added: “What we need against Swinton this weekend is for all of our players to turn up on the day.
“Swinton are very much like ourselves, they are a better side than their league position suggests.
“They are very tough up the middle and they are also a very good footballing side.
“And on a big pitch, where they play, that is where they show their best football and we have got to be able to match what they offer.
“But we also need to get on top of it as well with the toughness up the middle, the good football and the individual flair and resolve throughout the team.
“I am asking my team to show the same resolve we had against Halifax and Batley, if we do that we can get the win.”
Dewsbury are hoping to welcome back both Michael Knowles and Gareth Moore for the trip to Swinton.
Kelly says that both players currently have a 50/50 chance of playing.
He said: “We are not much better off in regards to injuries but hopefully we are not much worse off either.
“Gareth Moore and Michael Knowles are going to try and train this week and if they come through they will be in the reckoning.
“But I would say that the chances of them both playing are 50/50 at the best.”