Injured trio could as Rams bid to end losing run

Dewsbury prop Martyn Reilly faces up to Toronto Wolfpack forward Reni Maitua during last Sunday's Championship clash. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Dewsbury prop Martyn Reilly faces up to Toronto Wolfpack forward Reni Maitua during last Sunday's Championship clash. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Dewsbury Rams could have three key players returning from injury as they entertain Halifax in a re-arranged Betfred Championship game on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

The game was postponed on Easter Monday when heavy snow hit the district but with both sides out of the Challenge Cup, they have slotted the fixture in to avoid having to play midweek.

Jode Sheriffe, Michael Knowles and winger Dale Morton could all come back into contention as Dewsbury aim to end a six match losing run.

Rams coach Neil Kelly is hoping a more favourable run of fixtures could see the Rams turn their fortunes and climb the Championship table.

A run of five straight league defeats has included games against four of the top five sides, including last week’s 23-12 defeat to leaders Toronto Wolfpack

Kelly said: “We have been saying we are in a tough run of fixtures and I think now we are entering into a group of fixtures that are equally as tough but are more winnable.

“Sheriffe was a big loss (against Toronto) but hopefully will be back this week, Michael Knowles will hopefully be back.

“Dale Morton was (left out) more of a precaution but Gareth Potts came in and did really well.

“There are players to come back in but these players have put a claim out to play as well.”

Dewsbury defended superbly for long periods of last week’s game but were unable to topple the powerful Toronto side.

Kelly added: “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.

“We are at home this week and we want to win when we are at home but Halifax are doing well and have beaten a side who are above us in the full-time category of clubs so it will be no easier .

“I don’t want the players to take it any easier but if we build on the effort and commitment showed (against Toronto) and we earn the field position I’m sure we can look forward to getting a win.”

Halifax currently lie sixth in the table — two places above the Rams — with 12 points from nine games but they were made to work hard for victory over bottom side Swinton Lions last week when two tries in the final five minutes saw them win 18-12.