Dewsbury Rams second-rower Michael Knowles insists that the team is better than what they showed at the Blackpool Bash on Sunday, and believes the Rams can beat anyone in the Championship.
The Rams were defeated 30-14 at the Summer Bash to local rivals Batley Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. Although Lee Greenwood’s side scored some superb tries on the day it was the Bulldogs who took the two points.
On the performance and defeat, Knowles said: “It is disappointing, we have spoke all week about what they did to us three week’s ago when they bullied us with a man down at our place as well. So we wanted to stick it to them, our main objective was to not get bullied, and I don’t think we did get bullied.
“I think we got into them quite a bit, but they were just more clinical and every time they had a chance they took it and we didn’t.
“Maybe it’s just how we win a game, in parts we keep them in their twenty and then they have one playoff and they get out and then they are down on our twenty and stuff like that. I think we just have to concentrate for the full eighty minutes.
“It’s a local derby where they have the bragging rights again and I thought that they were there for the taking. However they were more clinical than us but we still have another chance to beat them and we have to take it. We have to get going again starting at Swinton next week.”
On the season as a whole, Knowles reflected positively believing the Rams can beat anyone on their day.
He said: “I think we can beat anyone on our day, we have shown that like against Widnes, just losing to Toronto and winning away at Featherstone. I think we can beat anyone, but we just need to put in that full eighty minute performance, and then we can build on that week by week.”