Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison has called for his side to rise to the challenge of facing Wigan Warriors on Sunday (ko 3pm).
Morrison was left hugely disappointed by last week’s last-gasp defeat to Sheffield Eagles and knows his side must dramatically improve if they are to have any hope of testing Wigan in the Challenge Cup.
Morrison said: “I have been involved in over 400 professional games, as a player and coach, and that was the worst I have felt after any game.
“I am always proud of our performances but I was very disappointed and that was not good enough. Some players will find themselves playing in the reserves (tonight).
“We are now in a relegation battle instead of edging towards the top four.
“Wigan are one of the best teams in the world and some of our players may never get a chance to play against a side like them again, so I am looking for a good performance.
“I am looking for a performance to give them a game, like we did for 60 minutes two years ago.
“If I didn’t have 13 players injured, a half-back recalled to his club after just two games and had a settled side, I would be more confident but we have seen amateur teams beat Championship teams and Championship teams beat Super League teams this season.
“That is the beauty of the cup and we are not taking to the field just to make the numbers up.”
Shane Grady and Etu Uaisele suffered injuries in the 32-28 defeat at Sheffield last Friday and could be a doubt to face the Warriors.
Winger Dalton Grant is in fine form for the Rams having scored a try in each of their last four matches, including a terrific 80 metre interception effort against the Eagles.
The Welsh international has nine Championship tries to his name this season.