Rams seek pyschological advantage ahead of Shield play-offs

Glenn Morrison
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DEWSBURY RAMS have an opportunity to grab a psychological advantage ahead of the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-finals.

Rams’ final league game is at home to Workington Town, who will finish fourth on the Shield table, tomorrow (3pm).

Dewsbury have already beaten leaders Featherstone Rovers and London Broncos, who will be third.

The schedule for the semi-finals is already confirmed, with Rams at home to London next week and Rovers facing Workington.

That means there is nothing at stake on the table, but Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison believes a win would give his team a mental edge ahead of the semi-final and possible Shield decider. “We have beaten two of the other semi-final teams and it would be good to beat the third,” he said.

Morrison is also looking for an improvement from his team after last week’s shock defeat at bottom club Doncaster.

“We are taking it seriously,” he added.

“We want to rectify some things from last week and there will be a few [team] changes.

“We want to go into the semi-finals in good form and with some confidence and we need to make sure we play some good footy.

“Last week was just a mentality thing, we turned up expecting to win.

“We need to make sure we prepare right.”

Morrison admitted he took some blame for last week’s defeat, having cancelled a training session so the team could support Rams’ reserves in their Grand Final away to Leigh Centurions.

“Preparation wasn’t the best and I’ll put my hand up about that,” he said.

“When you are part-time and you haven’t got many [training] sessions, you probably need it. I thought it was the right thing to do, to go over there and give them our support.”

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