Morrison: Rams have to bounce back

Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison says the Rams have to bounce back against London today after losing the Heavy Woollen Derby.

In a closely fought derby, Dewsbury lost 18-16 to Batley.

Coach Glenn Morrison said, “I thought it was a good performance from us, both sides played well but unfortunately we just couldn’t get over the line.

“It’s probably another game where we had chances to win that we didn’t take, so we’re a little disappointed there but there’s a lot of positives to take from it.

“We need to bounce back against London this weekend. London and Leigh are probably the two form teams in the table right now.

“We’ve had some good results over London the last couple of years, especially at home. We know if we turn up in the right frame of mind we can get a result and we’ll be going out there to get some points.”

Morrison confirmed that Dalton Grant suffered a torn Achilles and will be out for the remainder of the season.

London fell to a heavy 38-12 defeat by Leigh Centurions in the top of the table clash between the two sides last weekend.

Coach Andrew Henderson admitted London were second best to the Centurions.

“It was a disappointing day, we’ve tried to build up our home ground as a fortress this year and we were unbeaten at home going in to that game,” Henderson said.

“I think Leigh came out with a lot more intensity and purpose in the way they played.

“Defensively we weren’t where we needed to be with the ball and we didn’t ask enough questions of the Leigh defence.

“We deserved to be down 28 nil at half time but the pleasing thing is, at least in the second half we did galvanise as a team and showed that character that we’ve shown all season defensively.

“We still weren’t great with the ball  second half but defensively we had more steel about us and it kept the scoreline respectable. We needed that from the start though against a very good Leigh side.

“We know Dewsbury is a tough place to go. They’re a very workman like team, very aggressive and they’ve got decent players that can play really good football.

“We’ve certainly got to go there with the right attitude. Our focus this week is on bouncing back and showing a better attitude.

“We’ll work extremely hard to get the result but we’ll certainly be tested this week, there’s no doubt about it.

“Dewsbury are a strong side and we’re going to have massive improvements defensively and with the ball this week if we’re going to get two points.”

Iliess Macani is doubtful after picking up a knee injury in the game against Leigh.

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