Dewsbury Rams haven’t recorded a win over Sheffield Eagles under the stewardship of Glenn Morrison. Despite this fact, coach Morrison is looking forward to the opening Championship fixture of 2015 after a successful pre-season at the Tetley’s Stadium.
“We’ve had a real good pre-season and had some good results against some full-time squads,” said the Australian. “We wanted to see where we’re at and put a bit of a marker down.”
Dewsbury have been without Ryan Fieldhouse, Stephen Nash and Greg Scott for the whole of pre-season due to knee operations they’ve had during the winter break. But Morrison has told the press that apart from the three pre-season absentees, and Zach Johnson who’s serving a four match ban after being sent off in the ‘friendly’ against Newcastle Thunder, his squad has a clean bill of health for the Sheffield clash.
As has been noted over the past few seasons, Sheffield coach, and Director of Rugby, Mark Aston isn’t the biggest supporter of friendly games before the actual season kicks off. “By the sheer physical element of it, it’s not friendly,” he said. “I think we play a lot of rugby, so why put another three, four or five on my players?”
One advantage that the Eagles have over their West Yorkshire opposition is that the Rams won’t know what to expect of the Sheffield side.
Mitchell Stringer and new signing John Davies are the two players that will definitely miss out on Friday night. Aston isn’t too disheartened by this though, saying: “There’s plenty in the squad who can jump in now and make a statement.”