Dewsbury head coach Neil Kelly took plenty of positives from his team’s performance after they bowed out of the Challenge Cup against Wakefield on Friday.
The Rams fell 54-6 against the Super League side, but Kelly was pleased with the spirit shown by his players.
“I can’t remember a time when I’ve lost a game by 50 points and said that we defended superbly,” said Kelly.
“Fitness took its toll in the end but we scrambled well and showed a great desire to keep them out. I’ve got so much respect for the players and so many positives came out of that for us as a team.
“If we can keep sides out like that in the Championship we’ll climb the table, but we have to do better with the ball as well.
“The players have earned a weekend off and then we’ll concentrate on next week’s game.”