Rams rosy after Rochdale rout

Rams rosy after Rochdale rout

DEWSBURY’S prospects are looking much brighter after last week’s crucial win over Rochdale, according to head coach Lee Greenwood.

They head to the runaway Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack for a match this weekend that few would predict the Rams to get anything out of, after losing 64-12 in Canada last season.

Last weekend’s game was the vital one as they looked to get some distance between themselves and the relegation zone, and Greenwood was delighted to see his side produce an impressive display for a 66-10 win.

“It was a much-needed win, looking at the league table and where we were at,” he said. “We’d have been happy with a one-point win if we’re being honest.

“I did feel like if we could build some momentum in this game, with how Rochdale have been going, they allow you to score tries.

“They’ll present you with a few try-scoring opportunities which they did. There was a lot of good stuff.

“Obviously it’s a happier place after two wins, one in the cup and one in the league, and the league table looks slightly better for us.

“There are other pivotal games left in the season that we’ll need to pick points up in, but if we can get everyone available I’d like to think we can pick up some more points along the way.”

Sam Day scored two tries – and came agonisingly close to two others – in last week’s win, and Greenwood praised the improvement that the hooker has made in his time in charge.

“He was the third choice, not getting much game time last year at nine,” said the Rams boss. 

“He’s trained really well, he’s a fit lad, and he’s taken his opportunity really well this season.

“His early-season form was really good, he went off the boil a little bit which is what you do when you’re playing your first full season, and he’s just starting to come back into a bit of form.

“He’s done 80 minutes two weeks in a row at nine and he’s always got that little burrow in him, sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t, but it tests defenders out close to the lines.”

Greenwood is also looking forward to seeing more of the experienced half-back pairing of Paul Sykes and Liam Finn, after Sykes made his return from injury.

He said: “Liam and Paul need the cattle around them to do their jobs right, which is running hard, keeping hold of the ball and running into holes for them. If they do that, we’ve got two outstanding half-backs at this level.

“We haven’t had many games where Liam and Paul have played together. That was the fourth time, so there were some promising signs.

“Liam likes the responsibility of guiding the team around. He’s not too bothered about flash touches or anything like that, so that’s what you’d see with that half-back pairing if they played together long enough.

“They look after themselves, these boys that have played for a long time. It’s not easy or everyone would do it. 

“It takes a lot of self-discipline to look after yourself, and come back from injuries when you’re knocking on a bit.”

Finn passed the 500-point mark for the club in the Rochdale win, but is one of the players who hasn’t been able to make the trip across the Atlantic for this weekend’s match.

He admits that the side who do go out there will face a very big challenge. Although Dewsbury pushed Toronto all the way in a 22-17 home defeat earlier in the season, Finn says “it’s a different kettle of fish out there” in Canada.

“I’m all for expansion, but it’s going to be a tough challenge for a Dewsbury team to go there and win,” he said.

Greenwood concedes that the Toronto game will not be his top priority for picking up points.

“We’ll get the Canada trip out of the way and then we’ll plot the rest of the season out from there,” he said.

The game kicks-off at 5.50pm UK time tomorrow (Saturday), and is being televised live on Sky Sports.

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