DEWSBURY RAMS can go into their home game with Bradford Bulls on Monday (Aug 29, 3pm) with the fear of relegation behind them – having all but guaranteed their Championship status for another season.
Whitehaven and Workington, both adrift at the bottom of the Championship Shield table on 13 points, would have to win all of their remaining games to cause fourth-placed Dewsbury any real concern.
And once they’ve got in-form Bradford out of the way Dewsbury have winnable matches in store against Whitehaven and Oldham, leaving Morrison’s men with a realistic shot at the Championship Shield play-offs this year.
“We seem to be peaking at the right time,” said Morrison.
“It was a great win against Halifax. It wasn’t pretty at times but we did what we had to do to secure the two points which is all that matters at the end of the day.
“But what impressed me even more about the performance was the way in which the players really worked for one another.
“It has been that kind of team work ethic which has seen us progress as a club during the last few seasons and it’s really encouraging that we seem to have got it back.
“For whatever reason, whether it be the injuries we’ve suffered or players playing out of the position, we lost that team unity which was very disappointing.
“But now the lads have gelled in their positions and are working hard for one another. I’ve seen the lads sprint from one wing to the other to make last-ditch tackles which is great to see in games.”
The Rams have had success against rivals Bradford this year, winning two of the three encounters. The last game between the sides was a narrow 16-14 win for Dewsbury at Odsal back in June.
“We have a lot to work on ahead of the game,” admitted Morrison.
“We weren’t perfect against Halifax, but our goal line defence was a lot better and we’ll definitely need to keep that up when we play Bradford.
“If we’re going to be consistent our defence needs to be more solid. A week is a long time in sport sometimes, we proved that last week losing to Workington and then beating Halifax seven days later.
“A lot can happen and one good week on the training field can really improve a side’s potential, we’ll go into the game against Bradford as the underdogs but I know we’ll have more than enough ability to win the match if we play to our true potential.”
Dewsbury will be without in-form Tom Hemingway for the visit of Bradford. The hooker was named man of the match against Halifax but due to work commitments outside of rugby league he’ll be unavailable. On-loan duo Lucas Walshaw and Etu Uaisele will also be prevented from playing against their parent club Bradford.
Elsewhere the Rams have signed a three-year deal with Italian kit supplier Errea.
Aussie coach Morrison was impressed by the company on his recent visit to Italy where he selected training wear for his squad.