Bradford Bulls finale just the job, says Dewsbury Rams coach

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Dewsbury Rams are in confident mood going into tomorrow’s final pre-season game, at home to Bradford Bulls.

Last Sunday’s 23-10 win over Halifax suggested that Glenn Morrison and his revamped side are on the right track for the new Championship season and the new boss is looking for another improved effort against top-flight opposition tomorrow.

“It is definitely a step up, but we said at the start of pre-season that we wanted three tough friendlies to get ourselves right and test ourselves,” he said.

“Last week we definitely improved (from the defeat at Batley on Boxing Day) and we’ve been working on things to improve again.

“It’s good for the boys, they are excited to be playing against Super League players.”

With three weeks until their Co-op Championship opener at home to Doncaster, Morrison is happy with the way things are going.

“Off the field everything’s on the up and on the pitch we are improving,” he said.

“The boys are buying into our structures and systems and we showed last week that if we stick to them we are going to be competitive.”

Morrison said that he will field the 20 players on duty against Halifax last week, plus Dario Esposito, a back-rower signed in the off-season from York City Knights.

Bulls boss Francis Cummins is expected to use all his available senior players tomorrow.

He said: “All the fit and available players will be playing. We’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises and Brett Kearney won’t be risked.”

Dewsbury Rams (v Bradford) from: Craven, Morton, Hale, Cosgrove, Beckett, Brown, Spaven, Aizue, Wright, Spiers, Spicer, Hepworth, Tonks, Tebb, Schofield, Coleman, Scott, Akaidere, Gallagher, Lillycrop, Esposito.

Referee: George Stokes (Wigan).

Kick-off: January 13, 3pm.

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