Dewsbury Rams: Coach Kelly has still not ruled out late charge for third spot

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DEWSBURY RAMS are a win away from guaranteeing Kingstone Press Championship survival, but coach Neil Kelly is targeting a higher finish in the Shield.

Rams are fourth going into tomorrow’s clash with third-placed Sheffield Eagles – who are four points better off – at Wakefield (3pm).

With two sides to go down, Bradford Bulls are already doomed to the drop.

Second-bottom Oldham are nine points adrift of Rams and one behind Swinton Lions who are their main rivals in the relegation battle. At the other end, the top-four after the seven additional games will go into the semi-finals, with the leading pair having home advantage.

Avoiding relegation would be a huge achievement for Rams after they lost their opening eight games of the campaign, but Kelly stressed: “I am just trying to manage the last five games so we are in the best position for the semi-finals.

“It is not mathematically done, but looking at the table I am presuming we are safe.

“We want to secure what we have got, which is eighth place [in the Championship, fourth in the Shield] and we are still flirting with the idea that Sheffield are catchable – but realistically we have got to win all five to put pressure on them.”

Kelly added: “As things stand we have got a semi-final in Toulouse to play, but a lot of emphasis is already on next year and carrying on the momentum.”

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