Rams can build after difficult campaign

Josh Guzdek was an ever present, featuring in each of Dewsbury Rams 34 matches in league and cup during 2016.
Josh Guzdek was an ever present, featuring in each of Dewsbury Rams 34 matches in league and cup during 2016.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admits there are plenty of positives to take from a difficult season in the Kingstone Press Championship.

The Rams were hampered by injuries to key personnel at various stages but still reached the Championship Shield semi-finals before losing 36-22 at Bradford Bulls last Sunday.

Andy Kain and Dom Speakman formed a new half-back partnership and should benefit with 12 months at the Rams under their belts.

Kain played 28 games, including one as substitute, and scored nine tries, while Speakman featured in 23 games and crossed three times.

Morrison said: “We knew it was going to be a tough season, but we got to the semi-finals, which we needed to do.

“The season was okay, we could have done better, but a lot of things contributed to that. There’s a lot of positives to build on for next season.

“We had new half-backs and they’ve had 12 months in our system which will benefit them and I think we will be okay next year.”

Full-back Josh Guzdek deserves huge credit as he was the only player to feature in 34 games of mammoth season.

Guzdek played in all 23 rounds of the regular season, along with seven Championship Shield games and semi-final. He also played in the Rams’ three Challenge Cup ties and scored 14 tries.

The Rams produced a battling display in what proved their final game of the season at Bradford, fighting back from 20-4 down to get within eight points before the Bulls sealed victory with a last minute converted try.

Morrison added: “The effort and desire was there. In the first half we completed at 50 per cent and didn’t build any pressure. In the second half we built pressure, played down their end and scored some good tries.”