Dewsbury Rams head coach Glenn Morrison will be hoping his players can produce another strong defensive performance as his side travel to take on French side Toulouse Olympique on Saturday evening (6pm).
The Rams lost in agonising fashion against Swinton Lions as they conceded a 78th-minute try to go down 8-6 at a cold and muddy Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Dewsbury led 6-2 after a James Glover try and Paul Sykes penalty gave them a narrow four point lead with 20 minutes left to play.
The heartbreak came for the home side when Liam Forsyth was first to react as a kick through stuck in the mud.
The conversion was successful, giving Swinton the narrowest of winning margins.
Despite the defeat Morrison was still proud of his players and feels that it was a good response to their 46-0 loss against Rochdale Hornets on the opening day of the season.
“We were after a reaction and it was good to see they really wanted to be there and wear the jersey for each other, I was happy to see that and was proud of their efforts,” said Morrison.
By half-time players’ names were almost unrecognisable as the mud covered their shirts, after the game some players needed heat lamps and foil blankets to stay warm.
Despite the quagmire conditions Morrison felt that his players performed admirably and that Dewsbury were unlucky to come away with nothing.
He said: “Conditions were appalling and we couldn’t play with the ball.
“I said at half-time it was going to come down to a kick and who gets there first was probably going to win the game.
“With two minutes to go a kick stuck in the mud, they got another boot on it and snatched the win, but we didn’t deserve that.
“The boys really had a dig, they ripped in defensively and bashed them up and the energy was there.”
Morrison will be hoping for much milder playing conditions as they travel to the south of France to take on newly-promoted Toulouse.
The Rams have also welcomed Shaw Cross Sharks’ American recruit Monte Gaddis to their training sessions this week.
Gaddis, 24, is a former American college footballer and Toronto Wolfpack trialist who has moved to Dewsbury to play for Shaw Cross in the National Conference League this season.