DEWSBURY RAMS need to improve their discipline and ball control, coach Neil Kelly says.
Rams suffered a 36-20 defeat at Batley Bulldogs two days ago and Kelly admitted they will need to be better in Sunday’s huge Kingstone Press Championship clash at relegation rivals Swinton Lions.
Kelly felt Rams made a reasonable start against their near-neighbours, but accepted: “Then we showed poor discipline and started to not control the ball and Batley benefited from that.
“In the last 20 minutes the lack of ball control before half-time took its toll. We also had Macauley Hallett sent-off for dissent to the referee in the final minutes.
“That added insult to injury. I am not blaming the referee, I am blaming Macauley for being stupid enough to get himself sent-off.”
Kelly, who said Hallett apologised after the game, praised some “brilliant individual performances”, singling out Dom Speakman, Toby Adamson and Josh Guzdek.
Hooker Robbie Ward suffered a head injury and will be assessed before this weekend’s match, but Kelly is hopeful he will be given the all-clear.
Rams are ninth in the table, two points clear of Swinton who occupy the second relegation spot.