Bulldogs eye play-offs as Rams chase top spot

John Kear.
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BATLEY BULLDOGS haven’t given up on a place in the play-offs, while Dewsbury Rams are chasing top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

Bulldogs – who travel to Doncaster tomorrow (2pm) – are sixth in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table, four points clear of the relegation zone and five behind fourth-placed Workington Town.

That is a big gap to make up, but coach John Kear insisted: “The players targeted five wins out of seven.

“I set four as a personal target and both are still achievable. We have not given up on the play-offs and we are looking up, rather than over our shoulders, which is a positive attitude to have.”

Kear added: “In the first half against Dewsbury last week we played as well as we have all season. We’ve got to continue that for 80 minutes this week and not just 40.”

Doncaster’s relegation was confirmed when they lost at home to Featherstone Rovers last week, but Kear warned: “They will be dangerous. They know where they will be playing next year, they have nothing to lose and they can play with the shackles off.”

Meanwhile, Rams’ objective for the rest of the season is straightforward – just keep winning. They have picked up two victories so far, already secured a semi-final spot and – with Featherstone still to play – will finish top if they win their five remaining matches.

Coach Glenn Morrison’s side are at home to Whitehaven tomorrow (3pm) and he said: “We are going well and we have to make sure we continue that way.

“We are sitting in second – which is a home play-off place – and we’re only one point behind Featherstone, so if we keep winning we will finish where we wanted to at the start of the year.”

The Cumbrians are fifth, three points outside the play-off zone and tomorrow is a must-win game for them.

Morrison added: “Whitehaven are trying to get fourth spot and they will bring their best game.

“They had a good win at the weekend, against London and they beat Featherstone at Featherstone a few weeks ago.

“They have knocked off two of the top-three teams and we want to make sure we aren’t the third.”

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