Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:39 AM
Not withstanding the bad refereeing decisions which ultimatley cost the Rams an opportunity to win the game and particularly the 'professional foul' that went unpunnished, the rams showed spirit and commitment especially in defence.
Ultimately the effort exerted in a committed defence and the better fitness levels of Halifax took its toll as the clock moved past 70.
Steve Crossley worked tirelessly at the coal face taking many high shots in 3 man tackles and never once looked to do anything other than play the ball as quickly as possible. Liam Hood looked sharp from dummy half and enabled the Rams to cross the gain line on numerous occasions. Fax's terrible kicking played into the hands of Austin and Craven who gets better with every game.
We still appear to be lacking playmakers who who can play of the hoof and identify the space created from the previous tackle, but these are two a penny and the big spending clubs in Ch1 or SL will take these all day long. Austin's try in the far left corner showed what the team is capable off if allowed to throw the ball about and is one of the best tries I've seen at the stadium for a long time. I hope this will show Jowitt that one man rugby has its place but only in limited plays.
Much better commitment and effort and whilst the result didn't go in our favour, lots to build on and if we replicate that standard at York next week, a win is a certainty.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 12:01 PM
Posted 22 June 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:18 PM
I still dont understand why we dont use the left hand side more. Aden and Austin can be lethal, but we kept going the other way. They got one chance to show what they can do and did it. Unfortunately, and I thought I would never have to say this, I think Aden was a bit weak on defence this week and at least two of their "soft" tries seemed to at least partlyhis fault. As to anyone who has been questioning the team spirit, get real. The spirit on Thursday was there for all to see. If we play like this we should do OK at York and home to Swinton so fingers crossed.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:58 PM
Edited by alienboy, 25 June 2012 - 03:41 PM.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:20 PM
Over harsh Alien boy. I have to confess that I didnt witness the away defeats to Halifax, Fev and Sheffield, but Thursdays performance was on a par with most of our home games. OK we have lost to Leigh and Fev, but played OK in both those games. York, Hunslet and Keighley have all been seen off. We do fade, we do lack a few ideas, defence still isnt quite as good as it might be, but I think that team spirit and overall play have improved this year.
Unfortunately performances like this are the exception rather than the rule. Halifax had 3 days since their last game but were stronger in the last 10 minutes. Once again, the credentials of this team will be jodged on the games at York and at home v Swinton
Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:40 PM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 05:37 PM
CROWN FLATT IS MY CHURCH.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:16 PM
Dewsbury never play the same game twice on the bounce
usual struggle at york...and at best scrape a scrappy win
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