DEWSBURY RAMS can look back on this season with pride, coach Neil Kelly says.
After losing their opening eight games Rams stormed up the table to qualify for the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-finals.
A 36-22 defeat at Toulouse Olympique ended their season and Kelly admitted they “let themselves down” in the first half, when they went 24-0 behind.
They hit back after the break – cutting the gap to 12 points at one stage and then having a touchdown controversially disallowed – and Kelly said: “It was a competitive scoreline and overall everybody connected with the club can be proud of what they have achieved.
“We are not going to let 40 minutes of negative play overshadow the positive end of the season we’ve had.”
Rams finished eighth overall in the Championship and Kelly reckons they are in good shape to at least push into the top-six next term. Of his plans for 2018, he added: “We are looking to strengthen, but there won’t be loads of signings because we have done well.
“I feel we need to strengthen in every department by one player – we need another middle player, probably a front-rower, another half-back to deputise for the ones we’ve got and another outside-back.
“If we manage to secure those I think we will be a really competitive side next year.”