Morrison confident Rams can turn form

Dewsburys Matt Groat drives the ball in against Batley defenders James Brown and Tom Lillycrop during Sundays derby clash.
Dewsburys Matt Groat drives the ball in against Batley defenders James Brown and Tom Lillycrop during Sundays derby clash.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is confident his side can turn round their form and climb the Kingstone Press Championship table.

The Rams travel to full-timers Bradford Bulls on Sunday on a run of one win from their last seven outings.

Morrison’s men have been hit with horrendous injury problems and with no dual registration link up, they have been unable to replace key personnel.

Dewsbury played well in patches but were ultimately defeated 28-24 by Batley at last week’s Summer Bash in Blackpool and are just two points above the relegation zone.

Morrison said: “We know we have the quality in the squad but we are just lacking confidence.

“Once we get one win and get some of our senior players back, I’m confident we can go on a run at the right end of the season.

“We are not going there defeated and we will be giving it our best and know that we have already beaten them already this season.”

Ryan Hepworth and Scott Hale are close to returning but Tony Tonks and Paul Jackson remain sidelined.

Morrison added: “Those players are big losses and I’m sure if we would have had one of them available last week we would have won.

“Batley brought on some big forwards from the bench and we just didn’t have the arsenal to match them.

“Individual errors let us down but we fought hard and could have won against a side who are third in the table so we are not far away.

“Our defence is pretty solid but we are giving penalties away late in the tackle count and the amount of defending we are doing takes our energy levels down.”

The Rams defeated Bradford 31-30 in the Challenge Cup but the Bulls ran out 52-18 winners in the Championship game at Tetley’s Stadium.