AN OPENING-DAY drubbing at Rochdale Hornets has underlined the challenges facing Dewsbury Rams this season, coach Glenn Morrison admits.
Rams suffered a 46-0 defeat in Kingstone Press Championship round one and Morrison felt his team’s attitude during the game was at fault.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Morrison said of the clash with promoted Rochdale.
“Everything they did came off and they played outstandingly well, but we weren’t up to it.
“The boys didn’t turn up to play, which is disappointing, especially in defence.
“Our attitude wasn’t up to standard and we got what we deserved.”
Morrison added: “I said it was going to be a tough season, the way the competition is and the budget constraints we are under. It is going to be a battle and Sunday showed that.
“It is going to be a tough old year, but we know we are a lot better than what we put up.
“We have got to improve, we know that.”
On the plus side for Morrison, Rams, whose side against Rochdale included dual-registration Wakefield Trinity players Max Jowitt, Mason Caton-Brown, David Fifita and Keegan Hirst, came through the game with no new injuries.