DEWSBURY RAMS have achieved their initial goal for the season by finishing eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship, coach Glenn Morrison says.
Rams will have four home games in the bottom-eight Championship Shield and are five points clear of the relegation zone with 14 still to play for.
Injuries have hit Rams hard this year, but Morrison feels they are in good shape to retain their Championship status and push on for a place in the Shield decider.
“Our goal at the start of the season was to get in the top-eight and get the four home games, which we have done,” Morrison said.
“It puts us in a good position to push for the Championship Shield final.”
The top-four after the next seven games will go into the Shield semi-finals, with first playing fourth and second at home to third.
Rams were beaten 58-0 at Championship leaders Leigh Centurions in their final game of the weekly rounds and Morrison admitted the big-spending Super League hopefuls were “just too good”.
He said: “It’s as simple as that.
“We had some players who really stood up and had a dig, but others were found wanting.
“They had a very strong side out and played strong and fast.
“We matched them for periods in the game, but not long enough.”