FITNESS WAS the key to Dewsbury Rams’ stunning win over Toulouse Olympique, according to coach Neil Kelly.
Rams shocked the fourth-placed French visitors 34-22, just four days after a 20-16 victory at Oldham.
Dewsbury, who lost their first eight league games, are now out of the Kingstone Press Championship relegation zone.
Kelly said: “It was our fourth game in eight days.
“If somebody had told me before playing two top-four sides and one around us on the table we’d get four points, I’d have snapped their hand off.
“Toulouse scored a try in the last five minutes to make the score look a bit better, but our fitness told and that is credit to the work our conditioner Adam Mitchell has been doing.”
Rams are a point clear of Oldham, who are now second-bottom and trail Swinton Lions on for and against.
They play Rochdale Hornets, who are two places and one point better off, on Sunday, and Kelly said injury victims Shaun Squires and Josh Guzdek could return, along with Rob Spicer (ill) and Daniel Igbinedion (knee), who missed the game two days ago.
Toby Everett made his debut against Toulouse after signing for Rams from London Broncos on a deal until the end of the season. Kelly said: “For someone who had trained with us twice he played really well and promised a lot for the future.”