DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison admits a lengthy injury list is having an impact on preparations for the new Kingstone Press Championship season.
Rams were without nine senior players due to injury or following surgery when they kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 12-4 home loss to Batley Bulldogs on Boxing Day and Morrison said a similar team is likely to line up against Sheffield Eagles on January 10.
“Dalton Grant will probably come in,” Morrison said. “He had a death in the family and had to miss the Batley game, but hopefully he will be available. Ryan Wright, who has just returned to us, will play as well, but most of the injured players will still be missing.
“We will have a bit of experience and a bit of youth again.”
Rams were 4-0 up at the break against Batley before conceding two tries in five minutes early in the second half.
Morrison reckons the determination shown by his side will stand them in good stead.
“We knew it was going to be tough with so many missing,” he said. “We played a couple of young fellas and chopped and changed the team around to give everybody a run out.
“In the second half we didn’t deal with the kick-off and then had no ball after that – we only had three play-the-balls in their half. We got what we needed out of it, apart from the result.”