Championship preview - Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers all aim to build on impressive wins

Dewsbury Rams will go into Sunday’s ‘away’ derby against tenants Bradford Bulls (7.30pm) in buoyant mood following their stunning win at Widnes Vikings last week - but that success did neighbours Batley Bulldogs no favours.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 4:45 pm
Dewsbury Rams coach Lee Greenwood. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

It was Rams’ second successive victory in the Betfred Championship and coach Lee Greenwood said: “The lads are confident now and enjoying the games and training. When you are winning you want to keep playing and you want the next game to come quickly.”

But Greenwood warned: “Every week is different. Bradford have recruited well, they deserved to win against Halifax last week and if they play like that we’ll need to be right on it to take anything from the game.”

Batley will be wary of a backlash when they play host to Widnes on Saturday (4pm).

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“We will be expecting a reaction,” admitted coach Craig Lingard, whose side got off the mark in the league with a 48-10 demolition of Oldham last week.

“We know we can expect a different Widnes team, but the only thing we can control is what we do and how we prepare, so we will only focus on us.

“We go into the game with confidence, more about ourselves than anything else.”

Featherstone Rovers will aim to extend their 100 per cent start in the Championship to three game against visitors Whitehaven on Sunday (3pm).

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