FAMILIARITY HAS bred respect among coaches Glenn Morrison and Barry Eaton, whose sides meet in a Kingstone Press Championship derby tomorrow (3pm).
Dewsbury Rams have home advantage against Hunslet Hawks in the sides’ third meeting of the year, having won a Challenge Cup encounter last month following a league defeat in March, both at South Leeds Stadium.
“We know they’re going to be tough,” Rams boss Morrison said of tomorrow’s visitors.
“They’ve got some form on the board recently and they’ll be a different team to the one we played in the Cup.
“They didn’t have their Leeds players that day, but the dual-reg’ players will be available this time.”
Rams are currently in sixth place, but victory could lift them as high as fourth and Morrison sees it as a must-win encounter. He added: “If we’re going to finish where we want to, it’s one we need to win.”
Eaton – whose team are eighth – described Rams’ recent form as “outstanding” and he said: “They have the smallest pitch in the competition and they’re one of the biggest sides.
“They play their pitch really well. It is a completely different proposition to playing them at home, but we’re going there with a game-plan to give a good account of ourselves.”
Robbie Ward and Josh Walters drop out of last week’s squad whilst Danny Ansell & Rob Mulhern return.