DEWSBURY RAMS are currently in the midst of arguably the worst injury crisis since Glenn Morrison took charge of the club in 2012.
The Rams face full-timers Bradford Bulls at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday (3pm) with up to 13 players unavailable – and Morrison knows that a repeat of his side’s impressive Challenge Cup win over the Bulls last month will be tough to repeat.
Matt Groat, Ryan Hepworth, Tony Tonks, Scott Hale, Aaron Brown, Rob Spicer, Paul Jackson, Jason Muranka and Andy Kain are notable absentees and Morrison isn’t very hopeful that any will return in time for the visit of the Bulls.
Loanees Jonny Walker and Etu Uaisele, who featured against Leigh last weekend, are also unavailable against their parent club.
“It’s been a really tough period for us and the Easter schedule has taken it out of us,” said Morrison.
“You hear Super League coaches complaining so for us part-timers it is even more difficult.
“We’re trying to get more points on the board but when we’re facing such an injury crisis it is really tough.
“We do have a great work ethic in the team, though, and the lads all want to win for each other.
“All I can ask is that we give 100 per cent, I have faith in my squad and on our day we can beat anyone.”
The visit of the Bulls, who are out of form after losing their last two games against Halifax and Sheffield Eagles respectively, is the fifth consecutive home game for the Rams.
“We usually get a big turn-out when we play Bradford so hopefully we’ll get a lot of support this weekend as well,” said Morrison.
“We’ve had a few home games now but they have all been against tough teams in Batley, Sheffield and Leigh and we managed a good win against Sheffield and with the same performance against Bradford I’m sure we can do the same again if things go our way.”
Elsewhere James and Brad Delaney have joined Gary Thornton’s Doncaster on a one-month loan deal in search of first team action, and there will be a minute’s silence ahead of the Dewsbury v Bradford clash in memory of rugby league legend Mick Sullivan who died this week.