'We were not smart enough', says Morrison

CLEAR-THE-air talks have taken place at Dewsbury Rams as the club desperately looks to get back on track in what has been a frustrating campaign so far.

The Rams threw away a comfortable 28-4 advantage against Sheffield Eagles last Friday before ultimately falling to a 32-28 defeat – leading to head coach Glenn Morrison giving his players an honest talking-to at Monday’s training session.

The Tetley’s Stadium outfit have now slipped to ninth in the Championship and are only above the relegation zone on points difference following what was their eighth loss of the season last Friday in South Yorkshire.

“We weren’t smart enough,” admitted Morrison.

“We have some players who aren’t performing and it cost us the win in the end.

“I think it’s the worst game I’ve ever been a part of throughout my entire career.

“I admit we haven’t had much luck with injuries this season and it has cost us in games, we’ve lacked consistency because of it, but when you have a solid lead with 20 minutes to go you don’t expect to lose.

“It was a must-win game and we’ve let ourselves down. We need to work really hard to improve.”

Dewsbury, who have lost their last four league outings, travel to Whitehaven in the Championship next.

But the Cumbrian side could leapfrog the Rams ahead of that encounter if they win their game in hand against Featherstone tomorrow (Sat, May 7, 6.30pm) at the Recreation Ground.

“We’re not where we want to be, but when we get bodies back and get some consistency in the team I’m confident we’ll finish in the top eight,” said Morrison.

“We’ve had it tough losing Anthony Thackeray and the replacements I’ve brought in have been injured for the majority of the campaign.

“Someone with his (Thackeray’s) experience would have probably got us over the line against Sheffield.

“But I’m going to have to make changes in our next few games until some players stand up and be counted.”

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