Stringer set to make Rams debut in derby

Dewsburys Tony Tonks is hauled down by Halifax defender Simon Grix during last Sundays Championship clash.
Dewsburys Tony Tonks is hauled down by Halifax defender Simon Grix during last Sundays Championship clash.
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Dewsbury Rams could hand prop Mitch Stringer his debut in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Heavy Woollen derby at Batley Bulldogs.

Rams coach Glenn Morrison swooped to sign the 32-year-old after he was released by Sheffield Eagles last week and he has joined Dewsbury until the end of the season.

Morrison said: “Mitch is very experienced having captained title winning sides and he has signed with us and is a Rams player until the end of the season . He will come in in one of the areas where we have been struggling.”

Stringer played over 100 games for the Eagles and is set to get a first taste of Dewsbury action in the Heavy Woollen derby.

Dewsbury will be aiming to halt Batley’s challenge for a top four spot in the Championship.

Batley slipped out of the top four following last week’s 17-16 defeat at Bradford Bulls, with Halifax also leapfrogging the Bulldogs following their win at Dewsbury.

Batley have won both league derbies this season, overcoming the Rams 44-30 at Tetley’s Stadium on Good Friday and securing a 28-24 victory over the Rams at Summer Bash in Blackpool so Dewsbury will be keen to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against their old foes.

Morrison believes form will count for little when the sides clash a Mount Pleasant.

He added: “They could be sitting in first position and us last and it would still be a tough game and we will be going there for a battle.”

Dewsbury were without seven first team regulars for last week’s 24-8 defat at home to Halifax but Morrison is hoping to have a stronger side on duty at Batley.

Morison added: “The boys who put their hands up and played had each other’s backs and defended very well and I can’t knock that.”