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Coach Kelly proud of Rams players’ gutsy performance in loss to Wolfpack

Winger Rob Worrincy tries to set up a Rams attack against Toronto.
Winger Rob Worrincy tries to set up a Rams attack against Toronto.

Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly admitted he was immensely proud of side’s efforts in last Sunday’s defeat to Betfred Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack.

The Rams produced a magnificent defensive effort and could take plenty of positives for restricting the big spending Canadian outfit to a 23-12 victory.

Kelly took time after the game to praise his team but admitted the players were still disappointed to end up on the losing side.

Kelly said: “I’ve been in the dressing room and told the players how proud I am of their efforts.

“Perversely they are disappointed, not with their efforts, they know they have given Toronto a good game, but they are disappointed that they didn’t make more of their efforts and I think that speaks volumes for the players.

“Everyone can see the commitment they have put in and we have given a good side a tough game. I can’t argue with a scoreline of five tries to two but it’s testament to the players in the changing room that they are disappointed with their efforts.

“Sometimes we allowed them to control the pace of the game and at times we didn’t earn enough field position in their 22.

“Maybe we could have asked a few more questions of their defence but the overall commitment has been brilliant.”

Kyle Trout stood up with a terrific all-round display, while half-backs Paul Sykes and Gareth Moore attempted to unlock the Toronto defence.

Kelly added: “We have got injuries and I had to leave players out most notably Jode Sheriffe but I though Kyle Trout performed superbly.

“Paul Sykes was immensely and has been immense for us over the last few weeks, so there are massive individual positives but obviously none of us just wants to be a gutsy team who always lose.”

Defeat was Dewsbury’s sixth in a row in all competitions and leaves them eighth in the Championship with six points from nine games.