Rams need ‘mentality change’ - Greenwood

Rams need ‘mentality change’ - Greenwood

LEE GREENWOOD believes that his Dewsbury Rams side need “a big mentality change” to make sure that they keep hold of leads.

His Rams side led 17-4 against Toronto Wolfpack last weekend but saw three tries in the space of five minutes turn the game on its head.

It came following a similar capitulation in their opening game against York, and they only came away with a point at Barrow after a late try.

They earned plenty of plaudits for their efforts in pushing the Championship favourites all the way, but Greenwood demanded more.

“I should be proud of their efforts but I’m not, I’m really disappointed that they haven’t gone on and won it,” he reflected after the game.

“It’s really disappointing that we put ourselves into that position and then that lead was wiped out so quickly and so easily.

“It’s the same conversation that we had after round one when we were in control against York. (We) concede one and the energy that the other team get and we lose is incredible.

“There’s a big mentality change that I need to bring in to this club in general; even with the supporters you could feel it as well.

“So we all need to work together a little bit, because there will be a lot of times when we’re in the lead and we concede a try, it’s rugby. You’ve got to be a lot better and not just fall into a massive hole. We beat ourselves.

“Praise and effort doesn’t get you points. It’s a professional sport and that’s what we’re all about.”

“We’re not here for pats on the back. That’s not what I’m about and it doesn’t keep you in this division either. We’re on three points when we should be on eight.”

Dewsbury travel to Halifax this Sunday (kick-off 3pm) to face a side unbeaten in regular Championship games on their own turf in over a year.

Fax have been pushed close in recent weeks by Batley and Swinton, but Greenwood says that his team will have to react better to get anything from that game.

“It won’t be every week that we get ourselves into a winning position, and we need to start chasing games,” he said. “Every week is different. We’ve got to learn that when we’re in that position, we need to be a lot better.

“You don’t get 80 minutes of it all in your favour, but you’ve got to react when you’re under the pump.

“From Halifax this week, it might be from the first whistle. We’ve got to get better at reacting and getting out of that patch a lot quicker.”

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