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.”