Rams aim to slay Knights as play-off battle hots up

Great Britain Police v Australia Police, Rugby League, in the group stages of the Police World Cup. Tetley's Stadium, Dewsbury.

Great Britain Police v Australia Police, Rugby League, in the group stages of the Police World Cup. Tetley's Stadium, Dewsbury.

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Dewsbury Rams face one of their most important games of the season when they welcome York City Knights to Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday.

Last week’s 22-6 defeat at Workington, when the Rams were unfortunate to leave Derwent Park pointless, leaves Glenn Morrison’s men eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship but the three sides immediately below them all have a game in hand.

Dewsbury are only six points above bottom side Hunslet but Glenn Morrison will urge his troops to consolidate their play-off spot by defeating top-eight rivals York on Sunday.

The next two games are likely to prove pivotal for the Rams’ play-off hopes as they travel to another of their rivals Keighley Cougars on July 21.

With eight games remaining, the race for the play-offs and battle to avoid relegation is set to go down to the wire.

Dewsbury’s hopes are very much in the balance as they play four home and four away games, while they have four sides above them and four below them left to play.

n Two clubs face the chop from Super League at the end of next season after it was agreed to reduce the competition from 14 clubs to 12 from the 2015 campaign.

Championship clubs meet next Wednesday when discussions will take place regarding the restructuring.

Visit www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk for the full story.

n The Tetley’s Stadium will host the England v New Zealand Student World Cup semi-final tonight (kick-off 8pm).

England won their group while New Zealand finished as runners up to Australia.

Admission at the main stand turnstiles is £4 adults and £1 for Under-16s and the seventh place play-off between Russia and Ireland precedes the semi-final at 6pm.

The Student World Cup final is at Headingley on Sunday.