Championship preview - Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers must get better

Improvements are being called for from Betfred Championship rivals Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers on Monday, for contrasting reasons.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 12:00 pm
Fans will be back in the stands at Post Office Road on Monday. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

Rams, who visit Swinton Lions, are on the rebound from a 36-0 home drubbing by Halifax Panthers last week, while Rovers will aim to extend their 100 per cent winning record at home to Oldham (8pm).

After back to back wins over Whitehaven and Widnes Vikings to open their Championship campaign, Dewsbury have lost their last three fixtures and coach Lee Greenwood admitted last week’s heavy defeat “wasn’t the result or performance we wanted”.

He said: “We had an honest meeting about it on Tuesday, the players between themselves and then all of us together and we are hoping to put it down as a blip and get back on course."

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Greenwood added: “We want a massively improved performance.

“We need to right some wrongs that happened in the Halifax game, that were nowhere near good enough.

“We know what to expect from Swinton and it’s up to us to counteract it and just do what we do a lot better than last week.”

Rovers will be expected to see off visitors Oldham, but boss James Webster insisted Featherstone’s priority is to keep getting better.

“We need to continually try and improve ourselves as a team,” Webster stressed.

“If we can keep improving week-in and week-out, it won’t guarantee we win, but it will give us a shot in most games.

“We need to keep working on ourselves. Oldham have some good players and we have seen over the years anyone can win a game.

“We will pay them the ultimate respect and prepare the best we can for the game.”

Fans will be allowed into Millennium Stadium, Post Office Road, for the first time since March 13 last year.

“It is fantastic to have them back,” Webster said. “The fans are the sport of rugby league, always have been and always will be. It is not the same without them, we are looking forward to playing in front of a crowd and hopefully we can do them justice with our performance.”

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