PREVIOUS RESULTS will make Dewsbury Rams strong favourites for a place in next weekend’s Kingstone Press Championship Shield final, but coach Glenn Morrison reckons complacency could be fatal.
Rams have beaten their semi-final visitors London Broncos four times already this year: in a pre-season game, home and away in the regular rounds and at Tetley’s Stadium during the Shield campaign less than a month ago.
But Morrison warned that will count for nothing if they don’t perform this weekend. “We have got a good track record against them, especially at home, but in finals footy the form book goes out of the window and it all starts again,” Morrison said.
“They have got something to play for, like we do, so they are not just going to turn up to play. They will want to win something this year, so we know it is going to be a tough game.”
Rams have had a fine season, finishing sixth in the regular rounds, but Morrison admitted all their hard work will come down to how they play tomorrow and – he hopes – in a week’s time.
“This is what we’ve been building up to,” he added. “We set a goal to try and get into the top six, get to the Shield final and win it.
“We are one game off and we are going into it in pretty good form, but in finals footy it is anyone’s game. They are a quality side and they are full-time, but if we want to achieve our goals we’ve got to win this one.”
Rams rounded off their league campaign with a 27-14 home win over fellow semi-finalists Workington Town last Sunday. Morrison said he is likely to field a similar team tomorrow.
“It would be pretty hard to make changes after last week,” he said. “Shane Grady pulled out late on with a calf strain and we will see how he is.”