Rams target assault on Shield Final glory

Rams scrum-half Anthony Thackeray requires four tries to reach the 150 milestone in his career.
Rams scrum-half Anthony Thackeray requires four tries to reach the 150 milestone in his career.

Dewsbury Rams will plot an assault on the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, starting at home to Hunslet Hawks on Sunday (3pm).

Dewsbury require just two wins from their seven Super Eights games to guarantee a top four spot and a place in the Shield semi-finals.

Featherstone Rovers start this stage of the season on top of the group, just a point ahead of Dewsbury and two in front of London Broncos as the trio battle it out to secure home advantage in the semis.

Coach Glenn Morrison said: “Our goal at the start of the year was to get into the top six then try to win the Shield and we’re well placed for that at the moment.

“The top six was what we were aiming for, so we’ve finished where we wanted to be.

“We are where we set our goals at the start of the year and things are looking good and we’re on track to give ourselves the best chance of success in the Shield.

“We have to finish in the top four to make the semi-finals, so we are pretty well sorted for that, but we want to go on,” he said.

“Momentum and form are big things for any team and we’ve got to make sure we keep competing right through to the end to hopefully give ourselves a home fixture in the semi-final and give ourselves a chance of making, and winning, the final.

“We’ve done well so far, but it’s important to kick on and find a new level now we’re getting into the Super 8s.”

Winger Dale Morton ended the regular campaign in fine form as he scored four tries in the Rams’ last three matches, all of which came in the space of a week.

Scrum-half Anthony Thackeray requires four tries to reach the 150 career milestone, including 38 for Dewsbury, while full-back Ryan Fieldhouse is one game short of 100 career appearances.