Championship/Community RL: Rams’ upturn in form puts neighbours in the firing line

Dewsbury Rams' coach Neil Kelly.
Dewsbury Rams' coach Neil Kelly.

NEIGHBOURS DEWSBURY Rams and Batley Bulldogs could be heading for a meeting in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-finals.

Rams are currently fourth and facing a trip to table-topping Toulouse Olympique in the play-offs, but could move level on points with third-placed Sheffield Eagles this afternoon.

Milford Marlins' Aaron Jones-Bishop set up two tries and kicked two goals for Jamaica against Canada. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Milford Marlins' Aaron Jones-Bishop set up two tries and kicked two goals for Jamaica against Canada. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

First will be at home to fourth in the semi-finals, with second taking on third.

Rams play host to third-bottom Swinton Lions today (3pm) and coach Neil Kelly said: “If there’s any remote chance of catching Sheffield and overtaking them we have got to win this game.

“We’re really pleased we have achieved our major goal of staying in this division, but Sheffield are playing at Toulouse [today] and we have got a winnable game against Swinton.

“We also recognise Swinton are fighting for their lives and they are going to put up a stern test.

“We have been where Swinton are and been part of that scenario for most of the season. We can empathise with their emotions and we know they are going to be throwing everything at us to get the win.

“There’s four games left and this will be one they are targeting to get something from.”

Rams, who will guarantee their semi-final place if they win, are without shoulder injury victims Gareth Moore and Robbie Ward.

“They are two big losses,” Kelly admitted.

“But Dom Speakman deputised for Moore really well last week and Sam Day has been playing out of his skin, so we have got some able replacements for them.”

Second-placed Batley are already preparing for the play-offs and will move a step closer to securing a home semi-final if they win at Odsal today (3pm).

Bulldogs are three points clear of Sheffield, but will be looking to improve on a disappointing second-half performance in their recent draw with Oldham.

Meanwhile, Aaron Jones-Bishop – a product of Leeds-based Milford Marlins – set up two tries and kicked a brace of goals for Jamaica in a 28-14 win over Canada in Kingston.

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