A MORALE-BOOSTING win over Swinton Lions two days ago has taken the pressure off Dewsbury Rams, according to coach Glenn Morrison.
The 34-16 home success ended a four-game losing run and lifted Rams two places to seventh in the Kingstone Press Championship.
It also eased their relegation fears and virtually guaranteed they will have four home games in the Championship Shield.
“We needed it,” Morrison admitted. “We wanted to try and get four home games and I think we’ve virtually done that. There would have to be some upsets [this weekend] for that not to happen, so we are where we needed to be.”
Morrison said a change of approach worked for his team after some disappointing results. He added: “We spoke in the week about drawing a line under what has happened, starting again and concentrating on ourselves. We didn’t worry about them [Swinton] at all throughout the week, we just worked on us, getting smiles on our faces and it worked.
“The boys played really well. They were aggressive – controlled aggression, they didn’t get drawn into the nastiness they were trying to bring – and they played some really good rugby. I was really pleased.”
Morrison said Rams, who visit Championship leaders Leigh Centurions on Sunday, came through with no major new injuries.