DEWSBURY coach Glenn Morrison says his side are yet to produce their best rugby this season, ahead of their clash with Workington Town at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
Morrison described his team’s performance against Doncaster as ‘awful’ and said he would be looking for an improvement this weekend.
“We were poor but we picked up the two points,” he said.
“We didn’t deserve them but we dug deep and got the win and we’re still in fourth.
“Our performance was awful but I think a part of that was down to having three games in a week and I think it was a hangover from that.
“We need to improve some our skills, and we’ve got a lot to work on, we’ve shown glimpses but we’re not firing on all cylinders yet.”
The Rams will now prepare to take on 10th-placed Workington in the Kingstone Press Championship, a side that have only managed to pick up four league wins all year.
Last season the Cumbrian outfit beat a weakened Dewsbury side 23-4 in the last game of the campaign, but a week later the Rams gained revenge in the play-offs with a comfortable 50-6 victory.
Dewsbury have already beaten Phil Vievers’ side this season in a re-arranged fixture back in March, which saw the Rams win 31-18, but Morrison is wary of this Sunday’s opponents.
“We know Workington are a tough team, with good players and a good coach in Phil Vievers,” Morrison added.
“We have to concentrate on our own game but they made the play-offs last season, so they are no pushovers.”
This weekend’s clash could see the return of versatile back Kieran Hyde, who made the 19-man squad for the game against Doncaster, but missed out on selection.
His coach confirmed that Hyde wasn’t 100 per cent fit yet and would have a fitness test ahead of the game.
Two players that will not feature are hooker Tom Hemingway and Shane Grady.
Centre Grady, who made the Championship team of the year last season, broke his thumb in the Good Friday win against Batley.
“Unfortunately Hemingway looks like he’ll be out for a long time and he might make the last one or two games of the season,” Morrison said. “Grady has just had his pins out and we could have him back in three or four weeks’ time.”
Another player that is likely to miss Sunday’s fixture is Matty Wildie, who went off injured in the win against the Dons, which meant on-loan hooker Nathan Conroy had to play the majority of the game on his debut, something Morrison didn’t expect him to do.
“I think Nathan did a great job, to come in and play 60 odd minutes was great. He was one of the players that really stood up and did well. It is good to have him on board and get him used to how we play,” he said.
Dewsbury go up against Nathan’s parent club Bradford Bulls next weekend, in what is the start of a tough run of games.
In June Morrison’s team will host top-four rivals Halifax, before back-to-back away games against Leigh and Featherstone Rovers.
The Rams then play London Broncos at home on July 12, in what could be a crucial game if Dewsbury are to make the middle 8s competition.