Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood reflects on Challenge Cup defeat at Whitehaven

Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald.Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald.
Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald.
LEE GREENWOOD described Dewsbury Rams’ performance in their defeat to Whitehaven as “awful” as they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the first hurdle last weekend.

The Rams head coach bemoaned a plethora of errors from his team as they were beaten by 12-man Whitehaven in Cumbria.

Frazer Morris had opened the scoring for Dewsbury as he dived over following back-to-back sets.

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Lachlan Walmsley then hit back for the hosts before Chris Taylor put Whitehaven ahead with another try after a period of pressure.

The hosts were then reduced to 12 men as Brett Phillips was red carded for a tip tackle on Michael Knowles. Dewsbury were level moments later as Adam Ryder planted down.

Mark Shackley put the home side back in front on 57 minutes before Matthew Fleming hauled the Rams level four minutes later.

That would be the visitors’ last mark on the scoreboard, however, as Gregg McNally scored in the right-hand corner before adding a drop goal four minutes from time.

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“It was awful. There were just far too many mistakes,” reflected Greenwood.

“A lot of the mistakes looked like concentration errors.

“It is something we will look at over these next two weeks because there cannot be a repeat of that.”

With Dewsbury now facing a blank weekend, the club had asked permission to take part in an opposed training session with another Championship club but that request was denied.

They will welcome Whitehaven to the Tetley’s Stadium next weekend.

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Greenwood added: “We asked about doing an opposed session this weekend with another team who are not in the Cup but we have been knocked back on that.

“It is just going to be in-house and making improvements from that game because if we don’t we will lose when Whitehaven visit us.”