Dewsbury Rams: Kelly calls on back-sliding Rams to go out with a bang not a wimper

Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly, is 'looking for a response' from his players.
Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly, is 'looking for a response' from his players.
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BOSS NEIL Kelly wants to see a response from his Dewsbury Rams team tomorrow, but admits he also has an eye on the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-finals.

Rams play host to already-relegated Bradford Bulls (3pm) a week after a 38-0 drubbing at Batley Bulldogs.

Kelly’s men have secured a place in the knockout stage of the Shield and are likely to visit table-topping Toulouse Olympique and the coach said it is important they go into that game in good form, but also with a healthy squad.

“It is our last home game and we don’t want to go out with a whimper – we want to go out with a bang,” Kelly said of tomorrow’s derby.

“But also, we have got a semi-final in two weeks’ time and I have got to make sure everyone is fit and fresh going into that.

“We want to put in a good performance, but I might rest a few people or not play a few who are carrying knocks, with one eye on the semi-final.”

Kelly admitted, whatever team he fields, they have to be better than last weekend.

“I am interested – and I am sure everyone else is – to see what our response is,” he said.

“It was head and shoulders the worst game we have played while I have been back at the club.

“It is important we show our appreciation for the supporters who have been behind us all year, through thick and thin and put in a good performance on Sunday.”