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Hyde targets Cougars win

Sunday 12th May 2013

Hyde targets Cougars win Story in brief:

By Joe Whiteley 

Recently signed half-back Kieran Hyde thinks the Dewsbury Rams squad is capable of turning around their recent poor run of results.

Since his arrival, the Rams have lost all three of their games, but Hyde has seen enough to believe that the squad can recapture their early season form.

"We've been playing really good stuff in the games, both in defence and in attack," said Hyde.

"It's just 10 to 15 minute spells where we haven't stuck to our game plan, and made individual or team errors.

"If we can cut them out we should climb back up the table, because we've shown we can score points.

"Against Sheffield, we were winning 16-0 at half time, it's just in the second half we went against our game plan.

"If we stick to our game plan for the full 80 minutes then I don't see why we can't get a good run."

Rams head coach Glenn Morrison brought Hyde in to address the Rams' lack of experience in the halves, and the Hyde says he hopes to become an on-field leader.

"Any half back should be telling people what to do, whether they're 17 years old or thirty-something.

"It's part of the job these days; you've got to take charge and put players to certain points on the pitch where you need them.

"Sometimes things don't always work out in games, whether there are errors or penalties. But as a half back you just need to do what your coach wants you to do, which is lead the team around."

Having spent time playing for Villeneuve Leopards in France's Elite One Championship, Hyde comes with experience in a number of competitions.

And he believes the time he spent in France came at a good time for him.

"It was something which I'd spoken to my old team-mate Julien Rinaldi about and I'm glad I went.

"It was a nice experience for seven months. I had the missus out there and the baby; it was really good.

"The lifestyle was good and the competition was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be; there were some good players.

"It was a different type of rugby out there, but it benefited me a lot, I was playing week in week out, and I got my fitness to where it needed to be."

Hyde played alongside Morrison at both Bradford and Wakefield, and he admits playing under his former team-mate was a huge draw.

"When I was in France, Glenn got in touch asking how things were, and just said ‘would I be interested in coming down when I got home from France?'

"I played with him at Wakefield, so I jumped at the chance. I already knew him as a person, so I thought it would be good to go where he was coaching, because it wouldn't be awkward, and I could fit straight in, and I think I have fit in.

"I've been very impressed with the club as a whole. We've got a good set of lads, good coaching staff and the things we do in training are really good."

The Rams host Keighley Cougars at the Tetley's Stadium this afternoon (3.00pm), and Hyde believes the team are capable of picking up all three points, so long as they play to their potential.

"If we can keep to our game plan over the course of 80 minutes, then I can see us getting the win.

"It's in our own hands. We need to turn it around and get the win, and start to climb the table.

"We're definitely capable of finishing in the playoffs.

All the boys and the coaching staff will be very disappointed if we don't.

"We know ourselves we've got a good enough squad to be challenging anyone on our day. It's all about team discipline, listening to the coach and doing what we do best."

Get down to the Tetley's Stadium this afternoon to see the Rams take on Keighley Cougars.

Joe Whiteley has completed placements at numerous print publications, including League Express, and also has a keen interest in sports broadcasting, which he hopes to pursue upon graduation. Joe is in his final year at UCLan and is looking to gain as much experience as possible. Contact Joe: joewhiteley@hotmail.co.uk 

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