Morrison hails Rams’ effort against Saints

Dom Speakman's lovely grubber kick set up Aaron Brown to score Dewsbury's second try at St Helens.
Dom Speakman's lovely grubber kick set up Aaron Brown to score Dewsbury's second try at St Helens.

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.”