Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison has praised his side’s display in Sunday’s pre-season friendly against a near full strength St Helens side.
The Rams eventually lost 38-18 but two tries in the last five minutes gave the final scoreline a flattering look after Dewsbury had deservedly led at half-time against the Super League big guns.
There were first tries in Rams colours for half-back Andy Kain and hooker Kyle Trout, Aaron Brown gathered a lovely kick-through by Dom Speakman to score on his first appearance of pre-season and there was also a try for last season’s top scorer Dale Morton.
Morrison was pleased with the performance, saying: “There were plenty of positives to take from the game and we deserved to be in front at half-time.
“Our online defence was outstanding and we even bombed a couple of chances.
“There were some bread and butter errors in the second half and a couple of forward passes, otherwise the score could have been much tighter and if Sykesy (Paul Sykes) kicks a goal we would have only been six points behind with five minutes to go.
“St Helens showed us respect by playing such a strong side and had several internationals playing.
“Our standard was pretty good but I still think there are things we can work on, which shows where we have come as a team and as a club.
“I’d also like to thank the St Helens fans who turned up to clear snow off the pitch so we could get the game on.”
Dewsbury play their final warm-up game at home to London Broncos on January 31 but Morrison admits he will use his time wisely in training.
He added: “We haven’t been able to get the ball in hand much, so we will be using the time to get our skill levels up and work on combinations.”