LEE GREENWOOD is hoping that this year’s Dewsbury Rams side are better equipped for a wet and muddy battle at Halifax than last year.
When Dewsbury travelled to The Shay last March they fell to a 26-0 defeat in torrid conditions, and the same sort of weather is expected again for this Sunday’s contest (kick-off 3pm).
Storm Ciara put paid to the Rams’ fixture away at Swinton last week and Storm Dennis is now set to bring more wind and rain over the weekend.
Greenwood hopes that his squad, which lost their season opener against Leigh two weeks ago, is now better equipped for the ugly game which lies ahead.
“It’s not going to be the prettiest,” he said. “That was one of our poorest performances last year. It was torrential conditions so to lose so comfortably was hugely disappointing.
“I’m hoping we’ll be a better team than we were last year. Halifax are obviously hoping that they are too so it’ll be interesting to see what happens on Sunday.”
Halifax won their opening game against Sheffield before also seeing last week’s fixture postponed, and Greenwood says that their opponents, who he spent six seasons with as a player, will be expecting to win as they look to improve on last year’s eighth-placed finish.
“They will be wanting a big improvement on last year,” said the Rams boss. “They are another team that spend a lot more than us, they are traditionally a bigger club and they’ve done well in this division.
“They got a good start against Sheffield and I’m pretty sure the players, coaches and fans will have put a tick next to Dewsbury at home for another win.”
The Rams will head across West Yorkshire with an almost full-fit squad, with only Jason Walton still unavailable. They may have the services of Matty Gee, who signed on dual-registration from Hull KR last week and was set to be the first player Greenwood had used as a coach through dual-reg until their game was postponed.
On the addition of the former London Broncos second-row, Greenwood said: “He hasn’t quite got into Hull KR’s 17 but I am sure he won’t be far off it. He was good for London in Super League last year and that is why Hull KR signed him.
“He’s a similar size to (Chris) Annakin really: a stocky, robust sort of fella who likes to get stuck in, particularly in defence. I think he’ll just slot in nicely to what we have.”