Dewsbury Rams Harvey Whiteley believes this weekend’s game against the Leigh Centurions is a huge fixture for the Rams.
The Rams take on the Centurions coming off the back of a heavy defeat against Toronto, however the young Rams man insists that it is a great opportunity for the team to get back on track.
On the game against Leigh, Whiteley said: “I think it’s essential that we take two points from Leigh this weekend, in order for us to get to where we want to be in the table we need to be able to show a reaction from the Toronto game!
“Like I said if we dig deep in training and stick to our systems I believe we won’t be a million miles away from bringing home a win.”
Whiteley made his second appearance in a Rams shirt out in Toronto last weekend and whilst it wasn’t the result or performance anyone at the club wanted, Whiteley said he enjoyed the experience nonetheless.
He commented: “The trip was an unreal experience for me, having arrived on the night we got to witness the Raptors win their first NBA championship. On the second day the Niagara Falls was a class sight too! So I’d say we were quite lucky to have been able to witness a couple of them things while going over to play a game of Rugby.
“I thought it was a tough game from the start, I think we realised that when we attempted a short KO to try and catch them out and then they shifted the ball across the field. It was a very quick game, probably one the of the quickest I’ve played in, they just kept on getting quick play the balls on us which lead to line breaks that marched us down the field.
“It was hard for us to showcase our set plays much in attack as we barely had the ball, and when we did we were so tired from defending that much.
“I don’t think it will be easy to bounce back from defeat but I reckon if we just stick to how we’ve been doing in training we can get back into winning ways! Obviously we have a tough run in the next few games so if we right some of the wrongs against Toronto we will be heading in the right direction.”
On making his next Rams appearance, Whiteley is excited to get back out onto the field and play in front of the Dewsbury faithful.
“Yes I am very much excited to put the Rams jersey back on, hopefully I can show a bit more of an attacking threat in the next game I play and also keep improving in defence!
“I believe it’s one of the most important things in a Rugby League club no matter how big or small the fan base is to have that connection with them. The more the fans come and support the team no matter how they are playing, I believe the better atmosphere it is for the players which can really help in a game!”