DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison says his side will need to step up a gear if they want to compete with Bradford Bulls on Sunday (3pm).
The Championship outfit play host to Francis Cummins’ side following their 20-12 friendly win at Keighley Cougars last night (Thurs).
The Tetley’s Stadium outfit are likely to face a full-strength Bulls line-up, according to coach Morrison.
He said: “Having two games in one week is not ideal but it gives me a chance to play the younger players and see my full squad.
“The youngsters might be getting a chance on the bench against the Bulls so this is an ideal oppurtunity for them.
“Of course we will have to lift our performance, but the game isn’t about the result.
“You don’t need much encouragement against a Super League side, because you want to play the best.
“Bradford will be naming a strong squad but we prefer that because we want to play the best and the fans want to see the best, it should be a great show.
“You only have to look at results from Champonship sides over Super League sides over the last few weeks to see sides lift for big games.”
The former Bradford player says that the action-packed week will certainly test his players, and he will be looking to his more experienced charges for top performances.
“There was no use bashing the older boys up against Keighley when we have the Bulls coming up,” he continued.
“We will have to watch a number of the Bulls players because they have quality throughout, as we saw from the Hull friendly.
“Pre-season is about a test of character and a trial of our conditioning, but we will worry about our own performance, not theirs.”
Meanwhile, the former Super League star has backed the new league structure.
He added: “A lot of people might find it confusing but once you take a closer look it isn’t.
“The return of promotion and relegation will make it more competitive throughout.
“That will also give a second chance to Super League sides who drop down.
“For the Championship sides who want to play in the Super League it allows them to achieve their goals.
“From our point of view we aren’t in a position for the top division, but we want to become a top Championship side.”