Dewsbury Rams: Kelly snookered by positional problems

Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly.
Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly.

DEWSBURY RAMS might have ‘put their cue on the rack’.

That is the fear of coach Neil Kelly whose side have lost successive games after securing their place in the Kingstone Press Championship for next year.

Rams remain fourth in the Shield table and on course for a semi-final trip to Toulouse Olympique, but Kelly reckons they have missed an opportunity to push for third spot. Dewsbury were crushed 38-0 at Batley Bulldogs two days ago and, asked if his players have eased off after avoiding relegation, Kelly said: “That’s my fear.

They are safe and didn’t think they could climb any higher and they think they have done enough.”

Kelly admitted “injuries to significant players” have also been a factor.

But he added: “That’s not an excuse for losing 38-0.

“But I have got to maybe look at how I juggle the players positionally. We’ve lost a hooker, scrum-half and full-back and I have maybe got to look at the players I have brought in to replace them.

“I thought they could come in and do a good job, but we have got a couple of games to experiment and see how we go leading up to the semi-final.”

Rams are at home to Bradford Bulls on Sunday and Kelly said they came away from Batley with no major new injuries.