With the Heavy Woollen derby on the horizon, Dewsbury Rams captain Paul Sykes insists the side are raring to go despite their defeat at home to Halifax.

Despite holding an 8-0 lead thanks to tries from Scott Hale and Dale Morton, the Rams eventually succumbed to a 24-8 defeat at the Tetley’s. Sykes said that the team can take numerous positives from the defeat, including their continually impressive defending.

He said: “The Halifax game was frustrating, we thought we could have gone into half time winning, but we let two sloppy tries in from kicks, there was a bit of luck in there, but we still should have defended them and then we could of gone with the lead.

“We can still take some positives out of the match. We defended well, just a little to much, which is probably what took it out of us.

The captain has been on the end of two derby defeats this season but insists his side can come out with full points against their local rivals.

He said: “Batley will be a big fixture, it’s a local derby, they have beaten us twice this year but we are getting better and better as the year goes on, we should have beaten them at the summer bash but we fell short.

“I just try and keep the lads focused on the game and make sure they are all doing the right jobs individually.

“We will be focusing on ball control, completing our sets and finishing in the right positions, which is what we did not do against Halifax because we spent to much time defending. We know we can score points, we just need to hold onto the ball a bit better.

The Rams travel to the Fox’s Biscuits stadium on Sunday where they will be looking to inflict a second defeat in a row upon John Kear’s side, who lost to Bradford last Sunday.


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