Pressure off as Rams strive to spoil Centurions party

Tony Tonks on the charge for Dewsbury Rams during last Sundays keenly fought clash with Swinton Lions.
Tony Tonks on the charge for Dewsbury Rams during last Sundays keenly fought clash with Swinton Lions.

Dewsbury Rams can play without pressure when they head to Leigh Centurions in the final round of the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday (ko 3pm).

The Rams are virtually certain of having four home matches in the Championship Shield, which begins on August 7, following last week’s 34-16 victory over Swinton Lions.

Leigh will pick up a third successive league leaders shield at Sunday’s game with the Rams and Dewsbury will be aiming to scupper the celebrations and end the Centurions’ 21-match unbeaten run.

Coach Glenn Morrison said: “We wanted to try and get four home games and I think we’ve virtually done that. There would have to be some upsets for that not to happen, so we are where we needed to be.”

Last week’s game against Swinton threatened to boil over but Morrison was pleased with the way his players dealt with some strong arm tactics.

He added: “The boys played really well. They were aggressive — controlled aggression, they didn’t get drawn into the nastiness (Swinton) were trying to bring — and they played some really good rugby. I was really pleased.

“We spoke in the week about drawing a line under what has happened, starting again and concentrating on ourselves.

“We didn’t worry about Swinton at all throughout the week, we just worked on us, getting smiles on our faces and it worked.”

A top eight finish in the Championship would secure four home games in the Shield and the Rams go into the final round lying sixth, a point above Swinton and two ahead of Sheffield and Oldham.

Swinton host Batley, who will guarantee a place in the Super League qualifiers with victory, Sheffield travel to Whitehaven on Saturday and Oldham host Workington.