Rams go all old school to beat weather

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DEWSBURY RAMS’ players have been pounding the streets after the wet weather forced coach Glenn Morrison to go “old school”.

With pitches waterlogged, Morrison, whose team play host to Sheffield Eagles in a pre-season game tomorrow, has had to adjust his training methods.

“We have adopted a few old-school techniques, which I’ve done in the past,” Morrison revealed.

“There’s been a lot of road runs, with a few different exercises – carrying things and doing organisational stuff on the run.

“It has been pretty good, it has been tough, but the boys have enjoyed it.”

The positive for Rams is that all their Kingstone Press Championship rivals will have faced similar problems.

“We would like to do a bit more hands-on ball stuff, with having two new halves,” Morrison admitted.

“But everyone’s in the same boat and hopefully we’ll be able to get more ball work done before the season starts.”

Morrison is confident tomorrow’s game, with a 3pm kick-off, will go ahead despite recent heavy rain.

“We have stayed off it since the Boxing Day game,” he said of the Tetley’s Stadium pitch.

“We’ve given it a good chance and I’m sure it’ll be all right.”

Rams, who were beaten by Batley Bulldogs in their Christmas fixture, still have nine players on the injury list, but Dalton Grant will return after missing the Boxing Day game for family reasons.

Brad and James Delaney and Ryan Wright, who did not play at Christmas, will also feature and Morrison said: “There’s a couple of young guys from the second team who have been training with us and we’ll give them a bit of time.

“There’ll be a few changes. After this everyone will have had chance to play in their favourite position and we’ll take it from there.”

Eagles, who finished second from bottom in the Qualifiers last year, are now full-time and Morrison is expecting a good test.

He added: “They don’t normally play friendlies.

“They will be bringing a strong team and we usually have good battles with them, but I am more looking at the performance than the result.

“Results matter come the first game.”