Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood was disappointed with his teams 26-0 loss to Halifax on Sunday afternoon.
In what turned out to be a cold, wet and windy afternoon on a heavy pitch, scoring was always going to be low, and boss Greenwood insisted that the team should have done better.
He said after the game when speaking to the media: “For me that is as bad as it gets I would say, with those conditions you were looking at a really low scoring game and that is the way it should be with both defences on top. It turned out that one defence was on top and the other didn’t prepare right and that happens.
“I have taken that as a 60-70 nil game, players need to take it too, they haven’t prepared right. I will hold my hands up, maybe I didn’t do a good enough job in the week to build Halifax up, and the lads haven’t replicated what they did last week and in this division that is what happens.
“We are in a relegation dog fight, we are and we knew that before the season started, we need to pick up enough points to stay in this division this year.
“The whole thing was that bad, I can’t think of an area of the performance that I was happy with, the first time we touched the ball we knocked on and got absolutely smashed. That never really stopped, fair play to Halifax they have done a job on us, they have a good group that work hard for each other, it took time for it to get to that stage with recruitment and things but that is what I need to do at Dewsbury.
“There were some young lads in the team today, those lads that came on loan are still learning about what men’s rugby is about. Then there were some lads in there that have been at Dewsbury for a bit and let’s be honest they have finished eighth in the last few years. They are not top four players and we are not a top four team and you have seen that today.
“It is easy when you are playing on Sky against the favourites at home and you are massive underdogs and playing in front of a big crowd. Personally you can get yourself up for that, I don’t mind criticizing myself, I probably haven’t done a good enough job at building Halifax up. However they needed to bring the same game as what they played last week and if we had brought that then it would have been a tighter game with defences on top with points falling either way.
“What you saw today was, one team who is a top four team with top four quality players and they were bang up for it and defended well throughout, whilst one team with young on loan lads and lads that have finished eighth for the last few seasons weren’t up for it and you saw that in the scoreline.”