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Dewsbury Rams: Frustrated coach Kelly becoming ‘fed up’ with side’s soft defence

Neil Kelly.
Neil Kelly.
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IT WAS a familiar story at Dewsbury Rams’ video review of their 30-28 defeat at Sheffield Eagles and coach Neil Kelly is getting fed up with it.

Rams dropped a place to third from bottom in the table after Paul Sykes’ conversion attempt, following the final hooter, missed the target.

Both teams scored six tries and Kelly reflected: “We’ve played Sheffield away, scored 28 points and lost.

“We played Swinton away two weeks ago and scored 28 points and lost.

“Earlier in the season we played Barrow away and scored 32 points and lost.

“I can’t say there’s much wrong with the way we are attacking, that should be enough points to win any game, but there’s some things we are doing wrong defensively we need to sort out.

“I don’t know whether to be proud of their efforts or angry with the players.

“I’m seeing players doing brilliant hits and great defence and then coming up with a soft effort.

“It’s good we are in the fight, but I am getting sick of saying the same thing at every video session: we are a good side but we are paying a big price for the little things.

“We have got to learn and we are not doing that at the moment. It’s primarily defence, but some of it’s better concentration.”

Kelly, who felt his side were the victim of some “dubious” decisions from the referee, stressed he did not blame Sykes for Rams’ latest defeat which came a week after a two-point win over Barrow.

“He kicked some really good goals during the game,” Kelly said.

“It’s just unfortunate he missed that last one, but the real issue is why do we leave it so we need an injury-time goal kick?”

Kelly said Rams. who play host to Batley Bulldogs on Sunday, came through with no major new injuries.