NEIGHBOURS DEWSBURY Rams and Batley Bulldogs have everything to play for in tomorrow’s Kingstone Press Championship Shield matches, according to their coaches.
Hunslet’s defeat last night ensures Batley’s survival, but Rams boss Glenn Morrison doesn’t want an easy game at this stage of the year and isn’t expecting one away to Doncaster (2pm).
The hosts are bottom of the table, already doomed to relegation and have won just once this term.
But Morrison warned: “I have watched tape of their games for the last few weeks and they are playing with nothing to fear. They are playing good footy and throwing the ball around.
“Teams like that can make it difficult for you and we are preparing for a tough game.”
Morrison added: “We have spoken about it, we want to keep the momentum going before the semi-final.
“It is a step closer and we want a tough game. We’ve had two tough games against London and Featherstone, who are already in the semi-finals.
“We’ve got Workington next week, who might be the other team to qualify, so if we play the way we can it will be a good indicator of how we are going to go in the semi-finals.
“We’ve got to keep playing well and we are concentrating on ourselves and our own game.”
Bulldogs coach John Kear feels his side are still in with a chance of qualifying for the Shield semi-finals, at Workington’s expense.
“Whitehaven play Workington this weekend, with both of them coming off the back of a 50-point shellacking,” Kear said.
“I am expecting a response from both teams, but it might go Workington’s way. Workington’s last game is against Dewsbury, so there’s a chance they might not get another point.
“If that happens and we win both our fixtures, we will get into the top-four.”
Bulldogs are in confident mood following their 50-0 win over Whitehaven six days ago.
“It was a good result, especially against a team who were above us on the table,” Kear reflected. “Also, they had beaten us twice before that – like London have.
“We’ve lost by seven and six to London this year and we feel if we can get our performance right we could come out on the right side of the ledger this time.”