MORRISON HAILS RAMS MOMENTUM

A jubilant Glenn Morrison was insistent that his side can continue to get the results required of them as they enter the tail end of the season, while reserving some special words of praise for the day’s captain Scott Hale, who made his 100th appearance last Sunday.

The Rams followed up their last gasp victory against Bradford Bulls with an emphatic 46-10 scoreline against the Oldham Roughyeds, leaving them just one spot behind sixth-placed Featherstone Rovers.

Morrison said: “I think we got the result that we earned, I asked them to grind out the win and not to do anything special, so to get 40 odd points against a quality team is brilliant.

“They are probably sitting where they should be in the table, but they are a tough side and I am very pleased that we were able to back up last week’s result against Bradford.”

Morrison was once again delighted by Dewsbury’s defending and pointed towards an improved  percentage of possession as to why they are keeping the tries out.

He said: “Defensively we have been solid the last couple of months, but the results have not quite shown that because we have been giving teams too much of the ball, and having to do too much defending.

“Last week against Bradford there were six or seven sets in a row that we defended without letting them in. If we make our one on one tackles, complete our sets and get 50% of the ball then we will compete with anybody.

“We showed today the quality that we have got, that we are able to score points and play some good footy, I am happy to back up last week.”

A team meeting prior to the Bradford match helped to inspire the win and Morrison asserted that the Rams can continue to challenge alongside the division’s best teams.

“The team spoke before the Bradford game, we all sat down and said that we have been putting a lot of effort in and losing games we shouldn’t be. The week before against Batley it was our own doing, they did not beat us, we beat ourselves.

“We said that if we could beat Bradford there, then we could gain some confidence in ourselves and kick on, and then this week we backed it up. We used last week as momentum to win today and now hopefully we can continue to move in the right direction.”

The Rams head coach says his side will continue to keep working as the side enter the final part of the season, with the top six now firmly in sight.

He said: “We have now got settled half backs, which is key, and we have some front rowers and middle men to return from injury and hopefully we will pick up at the right time of year.

“Top six is still the target, it has always been to make the top six and to try and challenge for silverware. We only fell one game short last year so to improve on that we need to make the final.

“It is definitely in us, we just need to push on, keep that confidence and keep doing the little things well, then hopefully we will get the rewards for all the hard work we are putting in.”

The Rams head coach also reserved congratulatory words for Scott Hale, who made his 100th appearance for the Rams, following his arrival at the club from St Helens in 2012.

“It is always a big milestone to reach 100 games at any club,” said Morrison.

“He was one of my first signings and has not been here too long, so to get 100 games in that period of time is fantastic.

“He always puts his body on the line and has even played injured at times. We let him lead the team out as captain today because it is a big honour and we wanted him to remember it for the right reasons.

“He is a great kid to have at the club and hopefully we can keep him here for a few more years.”

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