Rams aim to build on Radiers success

Lucas Walshaw had a terrific game against Barrow and his late try secured a crucial 22-20 win  in the Betfred Championship. Picture: Paul Butterfield.
Lucas Walshaw had a terrific game against Barrow and his late try secured a crucial 22-20 win in the Betfred Championship. Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Dewsbury Rams will target back-to-back Betfred Championship victories for the first time since February when they travel to Sheffield Eagles for another key fixture in their quest to climb away from the relegation zone.

The game has been brought forward to a noon kick off, allowing supporters chance to watch the game before tuning in for the World Cup Final later on Sunday afternoon.

Dewsbury ended a four-match losing run when they edged out Barrow Raiders 22-20 last week to leapfrog Sheffield and move three points clear of Swinton and Rochdale, who occupy the relegation places.

Rams coach Neil Kelly was pleased with the way his side responded to losing at Swinton the previous week and they are now within a win of the eighth placed Raiders.

Kelly said: “After the disappointing defeat to Swinton, we were flirting with dropping into the bottom two, so the game against Barrow was all about the result.

“It was never going to be an attractive game, but it was all about getting more points than Barrow. We dug deep and whilst not perfect regarding our game management when in front I think when you score four tries to two on the day, you are good value for the win.

“You enjoy it when you see people putting the ball down to score, but there are things to look at such as our game management. When you get your noses in front, we were still trying to win the game and we need to recognise that we’re either winning at that point or have already won it. We don’t have to do anything that can reverse that situation.

“The lads put everything into the game, I am only talking about re-directing that effort, I am really pleased with the effort the players are putting in to it. Now it gives us a challenge to go to Sheffield and add to the win we have got against Barrow.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the urgency and tempo we were playing at and that’s what we improved on in the second half. This team can play at a quicker tempo than what they were showing and do that for longer periods.

“The win has reinstated the three point gap we have between ourselves and Swinton which is good. Now if we do the right things at Sheffield this week we’ll be looking to finish eighth rather than looking over our shoulder. It’s a fine line we have created ourselves but we have to keep that fire burning below us.”

Kelly also praised new signing Adam Ryder, who had an impressive debut against Barrow.

Centre Ryder joined the Rams after he was released from Keighley Cougars last week and has signed a deal to keep him at Tetley’s Stadium until the end of next season.

Kelly was pleased with Ryder’s overall contribution in his first run out and the 28-year-old could prove a useful acquisition as the Rams look to preserve their Championship status.

Kelly said: “I thought he showed enough that he can be a valuable acquisition for us, I have had no competition to speak about in the centres. I’ve had convert Lucas Walshaw into a centre to create that competition.

“I thought Lucas played really well, it was one of his better games this season. I thought overall the centres played really well, which included Adam, who did what he needed to do and showed us a few glimpses of what we can expect from him.

“He was a player I was looking at anyway to bring in, but because the situation at Keighley has happened how it has, it means we’ve been able to bring him in this year which has been beneficial to us in this years campaign.”

Kelly was slightly concerned with the Rams discipline against Barrow, adding: “I was disappointed with the penalty count against, it wasn’t down to one thing really, it was a myriad of different things. We have got to go away and look at it, I don’t want our ill-discipline to be the reason we get closer to the heart of the fire as it were.”