THE 36-34 win over Toulouse Olympique two days ago was Dewsbury Rams’ best since he took over as coach, Neil Kelly reckons.
Rams, who lost their opening eight league games, are now just one point away from guaranteeing their place in the Kingstone Press Championship for next year.
“Beating Toulouse a few weeks ago was nice,” said Kelly who returned to Rams in April.
“But they were nearly full-strength this time and it was a nip-and-tuck game and for that reason it would be the best victory we have had.
“It wasn’t perfect, they scored more tries than us and we don’t want to concede 30 points every game, but the spirit and character the players showed is the biggest plus I will take out of it.”
Rams could secure Championship survival next Sunday when they face Sheffield Eagles, who are one place above them, at Wakefield.
Kelly insisted the job is not yet done and Rams have to stay focused on each game.
“We are gaining confidence the more we win and the better the teams we beat,” he said.
“We will take all the confidence it [last Sunday’s game] gives us, but we’re not getting carried away with ourselves.”
Gareth Moore picked up a shoulder injury and Kelly said: “We will have to see how it settles down, but at this stage he has got to be doubtful for the Sheffield game.”