Injury setbacks for Rams ahead of derby

Dewsbury winger Dalton Grant attempts to wrestle free of Featherstones John Davies  last Sunday.
Dewsbury winger Dalton Grant attempts to wrestle free of Featherstones John Davies last Sunday.

Dewsbury Rams could be without second row forwards Scott Hale and Kyle Trout for Sunday’s Summer Bash derby with Batley Bulldogs.

Hale suffered an elbow injury during last Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship defeat to Featherstone Rovers, while Trout was taken off with a knee problem.

Dewsbury now look to bounce back from last week’s 31-0 defeat when they lock horns with old foes Batley at Bloomfield Road, with the game being televised live on Sky Sports (kick off 12.35pm).

Dewsbury won last season’s Summer Bash derby 19-12 but suffered a 44-30 defeat in a bizarre Good Friday game against the Bulldogs.

Batley will start as favourites as they are hot on the heels of the top four and lie just a point behind Featherstone and Bradford Bulls, as the Championship heads to the seaside for an action packed weekend, which sees six matches over two days.

Dewsbury are eighth, two points above the bottom two, but Rams hooker Dom Speakman is relishing locking horns with the Bulldogs in Blackpool as they look to get their season back on track and put pressure on the top six.

Speakman told the Rams website: “I’m really excited for it to be honest. I missed it last year as I was playing in Australia.

“But from what I understand from the other lads it is a great weekend.

“It gets a lot of people, including neutrals and new supporters, out for the game, which is exciting and I think Batley are there for the taking.”

Bulldogs coach John Kear admits the derby could serve up another memorable encounter for spectators.

He said: “I think you can guarantee another thrilling game with plenty of talking points as there always is in the Heavy Woollen derby.”