Kelly gives honest assessment and labels Rams performance unacceptable

Paul Sykes dives over for a try which helped reduce the deficit to 22-18 before Halifax pulled clear.
Paul Sykes dives over for a try which helped reduce the deficit to 22-18 before Halifax pulled clear.

Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly blasted his side’s performance in last Sunday’s heavy defeat to Halifax, labelling the display as ‘unacceptable.’

Kelly pulled no punches in his assessment after his side conceded eight tries in slipping to a sixth straight Championship defeat.

Kelly said: “It was a very difficult afternoon and an unacceptable afternoon and it’s the sort of performance, or lack of performance, that makes people worry about their jobs.

“I found our lack of resilience and our lack of mental fortitude a little bit worrying.

“I’m not taking anything away from Halifax, I thought they played a good solid game and they have got the players to score the points but we were too soft.

“We talked about Halifax in our preparation and said they are a good side and do the basics right but our mental toughness, we are just too fragile at the moment.”

Kelly was impressed with the clinical manor which Halifax punished his side’s errors and believes Richard Marshall’s side could push leaders Toronto Wolfpack close this week.

Kelly added: “On the evidence of what we have seen over the last two weeks, I’d say look out Toronto because on the evidence either Halifax are so much better than Toronto or our attitude needs to change.”

Dewsbury were left to rue a key moment in last Sunday’s game, when Halifax were allowed to take a quick kick off after the Rams had just scored to pull back to 22-18 early in the second half.

Dewsbury knocked on and Halifax scored from the following set before pulling away.

A frustrated Kelly added: “I think it was a bit of an understandable mistake because Paul Sykes took the goal kick and Halifax kicked off before he was back into position to receive the kick.

“I thought you couldn’t kick off until the receiving team were ready.

“Its just a small point but it was a significant factor in the game and marked the turning point.”