Injury ravaged Rams face Bulls challenge

Nathan Conroy produces a lovely pass to send Luke Adamson over for a try against Leigh. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Nathan Conroy produces a lovely pass to send Luke Adamson over for a try against Leigh. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Dewsbury Rams play their fifth home game in succession on Sunday when Bradford Bulls visit in the Kingstone Press Championship (ko 3pm).

The Rams recorded a memorable 31-30 victory over Bradford in the Challenge Cup last month and followed up with home league games against Batley Bulldogs, Sheffield Eagles and Leigh Centurions .

Coach Glenn Morrison admits it has been a tough period for his side and gets no easier against the full-time Bulls.

Morrison said: “We’ve now had a few home games in a row and we know it’s hard. We knew we were going to come up against a tough opposition.

“Everybody, including Super League coaches, speak about the Easter period and how hard it is.

“We’ve played three full time teams and a local derby in the past three weeks.”

Dewsbury were without a host of players for last week’s game against Leigh but performed well against the league leaders before losing 40-18.

Morrison added: “It never helps that we went into a game with 10 men injured and five of those were back rowers, so it was backs against the walls stuff.

“However the boys did themselves proud and the last 20 minutes we just ran out of gas.

“Leigh deserved the win and we let in some soft tries. There is a bit of work to be done during the week but it doesn’t get any easier this week against Bradford.”

“Hopefully we can patch the players up and get 17 fit players on the field.”

Dewsbury will assess the fitness of several players ahead of the Bulls visit but Morrison will be without loanees Jonny Walker and Etu Uaisele, who are ineligible to play against their parent club.

A ground record crowd of over 4,000 watches last season’s league game between the sides.