Dewsbury Rams players stake claims for season opener

Dewsbury winger Dalton Grant is wrapped up by the Sheffield defence.
Dewsbury winger Dalton Grant is wrapped up by the Sheffield defence.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admitted several fringe players are staking their claim to be included in the squad for the opening Championship game against Swinton Lions on February 7.

A young Dewsbury outfit when down 38-14 to full-time Sheffield Eagles last Sunday but Morrison was happy with his side’s display and how the fringe players performed.

Speaking after the game, Morrison said: “Results aren’t a priority in pre-season, it is the performances and we have now given everybody a run in their preferred positions.

“We have given some of the young ones a go but they are in the first team squad so they have had a chance.

“Jack Teanby has been pretty outstanding in both games he has played in the front row.

“I said everybody is on a clean slate and it is up to the players to get themselves picked for the first game and Jack has definitely put his hand up.

“Crookesy (Jason Crookes) has again been one of our best players.

“Matty Groat was disappointed after Batley and wanted to play against Sheffield as he wants to prove himself at a new club and I thought he gave a really strong performance and every carry, he found an opportunity to offload.

“We bombed a couple of tries, which we should have scored, and conceded a couple of tries from kicks, which was a bit disappointing and another from a quick 20 metre tap, so it could have been a much tighter game.

“We still have nine players who haven’t had a game through injury but other than that everyone who has been available has had a game.”