Rams target shock as Wolfpack visit

Rams coach Neil Kelly gave his thoughts on last week's defeat to Featherstone.
Rams coach Neil Kelly gave his thoughts on last week's defeat to Featherstone.

Dewsbury Rams will aim to upset the form book when they welcome big spending Betfred Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack to Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday (kick off 3pm).

The Rams are hoping for a decent crowd and have put a number of incentives in place to encourage fans to the historic clash.

Rams season ticket holders can take a friend along to the game free and anyone holding a Canadian passport will also be admitted free.

In addition, season ticket holders with other Championship or Super League clubs will be admitted for £5.

Dewsbury go into the game having lost their last five games in all competitions, while Toronto have won eight of their opening 10 league matches and sit top of the table.

The Rams showed encouraging signs at Featherstone last week, especially in the first half when they led 18-10 at one stage, before slipping to a 46-18 defeat.

Rams coach Neil Kelly offered his thoughts after the Featherstone game, saying: “We showed some good touches in the first half and some of the plays we did in the first half, that we had practised on the training ground, came off for us.

“That is how we scored our points and I was pleased at half-time, because we were doing things that were making us competitive.

“But we are in a tough run of fixtures at the moment, playing teams like Toulouse and Featherstone, and we are learning when we play these teams.

“One thing we are learning is to control the pace of the opposition’s game.

“We tried to do that against Featherstone and at times we were successful, but you need to be fit enough to do it for 80 minutes, not just 40 or 50 minutes.

“Most of the squad I am happy with, but the frustrating thing is, some of the players are a bit slow to change.

“We are trying to change how they think about themselves.

“We want them to be positive about themselves so we go to places like Featherstone thinking we can get something from the game. I don’t think all the players believe that.”

Dewsbury will need their key players to be firing if they are to challenge the Wolfpack and Kelly added: “Paul Sykes led them really well and Jordan Crowther, Jode Sheriffe, Aaron Brown and Josh Guzdek were very good. But if you go to places like Featherstone and you don’t complete and you don’t defend well, it will come back to bite you.”

General admission on Sunday has also been cut to £10 (standing), £12 (seated) for adults.