Sawyer worried by Rams' slump in form

Dewsbury Rams chairman Mark Sawyer admits that is he “concerned” with the club’s start to the season in the Kingstone Press Championship after their 56-2 defeat to French side Toulouse Olympique last weekend. 

Dewsbury have lost all three of their games so far and haven’t won a fixture, competitive or friendly, since September last year, leaving them without a win in eight games.

Sawyer feels that the performances  have been worrying as Dewsbury have only managed to score a total of eight points – one try and two penalties – in three games.

“I’m disappointed with the Toulouse and Rochdale performances, we played okay against Swinton but just couldn’t get over the line. They took the benefit of our failure and scored late on,” said Sawyer.

“It’s certainly concerning with the level of defeat in two of the games, we need to find a win fairly quickly and we need to turn things around very quickly.

“If you find yourself a win or two behind and a bit off the pace it is very hard to pull back.”

Sawyer struggled to find many positives when reflecting on the Rams’ start to the league season and feels that the dual registration agreement with Wakefield may play a big role as the injury list begins to get longer.

He said: “We only have a small squad this season and we are already picking up numerous injuries.

“There aren’t players in the market to sign and the dual-reg is important for us until one or two players come back.”

Bradford Bulls’ points deduction is the only thing keeping Dewsbury from propping up the table, but Sawyer believes that the team can begin to turn things around.

He said: “We just need to stick in there, we have been through difficult periods before, the division is getting harder and harder, it’s just a case of seeing how well we defended against Swinton and showing we can do it.

“In the Toulouse match we picked up two or three quite serious injuries but that still doesn’t justify the scoreline.

“Glenn is not happy with the way we are playing and he realises we have got to turn it around.

“When you come up with scorelines where you’re losing by 50 points, the lads know we have got to improve.

“We have got to bounce back, even professional rugby league teams have bad results. If you look at Super League’s results they bounce back and we need to bounce back very quickly.

“We can’t afford to be dropping off the pace, the budget we have got isn’t the biggest in the division but it certainly isn’t the lowest so we should be doing better.

“I understand it is disappointing for the fans, it is disappointing for myself, we have just got to hope the players can pull together and do a lot better than in the case of the Toulouse match.”

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