IT WILL be do or die for Dewsbury Rams tomorrow, but confident coach Glenn Morrison feels there is a shock in the making.
Rams, who finished sixth in the Kingstone Press Championship, are away to third-placed Halifax in a winner-takes-all preliminary semi-final (3pm).
Defeat would mean the end of Rams’ season, but they will travel to runaway league leaders Leigh Centurions in next weekend’s qualifying semi-finals – one game away from the Grand Final – if they can pull off a win.
“We’ve nothing to lose,” said Morrison, whose team thrashed seventh-placed Workington Town 50-6 six days ago.
“From now on in we will be the underdogs in every game.
“But we are going in confident. We are on the back of a good win and we’ve had some good results against Halifax over the last couple of years.
“If we play the way we know we can play, we can get a result.”
Rams ran in eight tries last weekend and Morrison reckons that sparkling win was ideal preparation for tomorrow.
“It has been coming,” he said.
“We have been playing like that in patches or for 40 minutes, but if we play like that for 80 we will win and we showed that last Sunday.
“Halifax are a top-four side and have been for a long time, but we know if we play well we will give ourselves a chance.”
Leigh are hot favourites to win the Grand Final, at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Carnegie on October 5.
Morrison said his side would relish another crack at the league leaders next week, after two battling defeats in the regular season, but he stressed: “We are not looking too far in front. We are concentrating on Halifax, because if we start looking too far down the line we will slip up.
“We are confident and we know we have got a good squad, skill and talent-wise.
“It is about how much they are willing to work for each other and everyone has seen that this year.
“It is anyone’s game in the play-offs and that’s what makes it so exciting.”
Halifax are on the back of a 34-16 loss at Featherstone Rovers in a qualifying tie last weekend. If they win they will return to Big Fellas Stadium for next week’s semi-final.