Dewsbury Rams v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport) in association with A1 Stairlifts.
After a fortnight’s break following the North Wales defeat due to the Challenge Cup final, the Cougars return to action on Sunday with a must win game away at Dewsbury Rams.
Until yesterday afternoon, the side only required a bonus point from their final two games however the controversial decision by the RFL to award Batley and Doncaster there three points back means the Cougars must win at least one of the final two games to be assured survival.
Paul March appears to have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend with the exception of Brendon Rawlins, with the Australian utility forward out for the remainder of the season with a lower arm injury.
Dewsbury Rams come into the game with survival secured and a place in the play-offs also assured but Coach Glenn Morrison is still without a number of players for the fixture.
Callan Beckett, Stephen Nash and Ewan Dowes are set to miss the remainder of the season with the veteran duo of Wayne Godwin and Makali Aizue also out for this Sunday’s derby game at the Tetley’s Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the game, Morrison said of the Cougars: “Keighley are a good team with a lot to play for, so we know it’s going to be tough. They have some big, powerful forwards and Paul March is also a big part of what they do. He’ll have them fired up, but we’ve got to just focus on our own performance.”
When the two sides met earlier this season at Cougar Park, an on fire Cougars ran out 40-20 victors with the three points being secured through a dominant second half performance which was topped off by Luke Haigh’s first try for the club.