Dewsbury and Featherstone ramp up positives from latest pre-season games

John Duffy.
John Duffy.
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BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP rivals Featherstone Rovers and Dewsbury Rams both took positives and some negatives from their latest pre-season game.

Rovers beat Halifax, who they face in their opening Championship fixture, 20-16 and coach John Duffy said: “It was a tough game.

Neil Kelly.

Neil Kelly.

“We just didn’t take our chances, we weren’t clinical enough with the ball and our halves could have been better with their management of the game. On the other side, when we managed to make some easy metres and we ground them out we came up with some good plays, which we’ve been practicing, but there’s still a lot to work on.”

Rovers got through with no significant injuries and could have Ian Hardman available for Sunday’s visit of York City Knights.

Rams went down 32-22 at Betfred Super League side Huddersfield Giants, after trailing 26-6 early in the second half. Boss Neil Kelly said: “We did okay. I don’t put too much emphasis on pre-season games, but it was a good game and there were some areas, especially in defence, where we did well. Some Championship sides have taken on Super League teams and been beaten by 60, so to lose 32-22 was more than acceptable. I am more interested in performances and there were some good individuals and some areas of the team performance we did really well.”

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