Rams focused ahead of clash with Lions

Half-back Andy Kain will make the 300th appearance of his career if he plays against Swinton on Sunday.
Half-back Andy Kain will make the 300th appearance of his career if he plays against Swinton on Sunday.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison says his side must remain focused as the first phase of the Championship season draws to a close.

Dewsbury lie just three points outside the relegation zone with two games of the regular season remaining, starting at home to Swinton Lions on Sunday.

Victory over Swinton would see the Rams move into seventh spot before they travel to champions Leigh Centurions in the final round.

Morrison is still determined his side can challenge for the Championship Shield after the season splits but realises the importance of Sunday’s clash

Morrison said: “If we win this weekend we are back into seventh place and after Leigh we have seven games left, all against teams who we should be able to compete against.

“This weekend is massive but we are staying focused as there is a long way to go with quarter of the season left.”

The Rams suffered an agonising last-gasp 22-20 defeat at Workington last Sunday and Morrison was disappointed his side couldn’t close the game out.

He added: “It has been the tale of our season, not being able to manage games and manage wins.

“In the first half we were outstanding, playing into a massive wind and I would have been happy to go in six or 10 points down but we had a healthy lead.

“We just had to manage the second half but we could not do it. Walshaw lost the ball over the line and that would have killed the game off.

“With 90 seconds left, we kicked out on the full when going for a 40-20 and they scored and kicked the goal from the sideline to win it.”

Andy Kain needs one appearance to reach 300 for his career. He has featured in 19 games for Dewsbury this season.

The injury crisis which has hampered Dewsbury for much of this season shows no signs of easing up.

Shane Grady was forced off against Workington and is a doubt for Sunday’s visit of Swinton as he joins Rob Spicer and Scott Hale on the sidelines.

Paul Jackson is still a doubt, Ryan Hepworth is being assessed on a week-to-week basis, while Aaron Brown pulled out of last week’s squad after a troublesome knee injury flared up again in training.

Morrison added: “At one stage we had six front rowers out on the same weekend.

“We have had back rowers playing in the front row and centres playing in the forwards and we have had no consistency.”