13th April 2017, 17:50 | championship
Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs – Friday, April 14 (1.00pm)
Dewsbury Rams will be hoping the appointment of Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final winner Neil Kelly as the club’s Head Coach will inspire a victory against Batley Bulldogs in Good Friday’s Roy Powell Trophy clash at the Tetley’s Stadium.
The Rams are currently without a win so far in the Kingstone Press Championship and will be looking to turn this around over the Easter Weekend.
In Round 9, Batley Bulldogs produced an impressive comeback to secure a 38-36 victory after trailing 36-12 with just 20 minutes remaining of the game. Coach Matt Diskin said, “From a coaching point of view it was very frustrating, I thought we were pretty dire for most of the game.
“For 70 minutes we were poor and didn’t deserve much out of it but the boys somehow found something within themselves, showed some character and managed to pull a fantastic win out of the bag.
“The positive that we can build on is the determination to grind out wins like that we’re not going to ride the euphoria of the win and bury our heads in the sand.
“We need to rip the band aid off and deal with the issues as to why we were in that position in the first place and we’ve been doing that this week.
“We’re in a totally different position against Dewsbury. It’s a local derby which brings its own intensity anyway but add to that a new coach with all the players fighting for contract, then they become a very difficult position. We’ve got to make sure we deal with that physicality.
“I’ve been fortunate to have played in some fantastic derbies and they always have a little spice to them, it can a real chance to scalp a team and form goes out the window as it’s all about who gets the bragging rights until next time.
“Out of any team playing Dewsbury I think we’ve got the most difficult task this weekend because they’ll be coming in to the game with a new coach which brings a whole new level of enthusiasm and the players will be trying to impress.”
Over the Easter period, Batley Bulldogs also welcome London Broncos on Monday. Diskin continued, “The players are already looking forward to playing London. It’s always a pleasure to play them, they play some nice rugby and you’re always in for an entertaining game.
“They’re going to be reeling after a couple of losses recently and they’ll be looking to correct that and put themselves back in the mix towards the top of the table so we’re definitely looking forward to it.”
In the remaining Good Friday games, London Broncos will be looking for a victory, following their back to back defeats to Sheffield Eagles and Featherstone Rovers, when they welcome Toulouse Olympique XIII (12.30pm).
Oldham and Swinton Lions will both be looking to bounce back when they come head to head, undefeated Hull Kingston Rovers welcome Featherstone Rovers and Sheffield Eagles travel to Rochdale Hornets (all 3.00pm).
In the final Good Friday fixture, Bradford Bulls take on Halifax RLFC (8.00pm).
All Kingstone Press Championship teams will be in action at this year’s Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets.