Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood was impressed with some of the individual displays put in during the victory over Bradford.
The Rams put in a confident performance against the Bulls. The victory over Bradford finishes off pre-season.
On the performance Greenwood said: “It was a scrappy game really.
“We went a bit more direct today so we now know if that’s a better option for us going into the season. Both teams kept hold of the ball much better in the second half. Even though it might not have been a brilliant spectacle, for lads coming off the back of a pre-season it was quite tough.
“What I was happy with was the performances of some individuals. They were sent out with individual instructions to prove they can play at Championship level and they certainly showed something.
“It’s given me a good headache now going into the Leigh match.”
One player to stand out was young half back Morgan Punchard who put in a mature display despite his young age. A smart drop goal kick sealed the win for the Rams on the day.
Greenwood said: “I liked Morgan (Punchard) putting the one pointer over, that was smart and he had learnt from the Batley game. Bradford were 12 points behind and so that sealed the win.
“He’s come on twice now in two friendlies and we had both experienced half backs out. So Michael Knowles played there and took some pressure off of Morgan. I know I have options there if for whatever reason Paul Sykes or Liam Finn can’t play. Michael can step in there as can Morgan and Dom Speakman too. Morgan did himself no harm in that 80 minutes. He showed good aggression and got stuck in.”
On Finn and Sykes absence Greenwood commented: “Liam Finn was away with his full time job at Wakefield so he was going to be away anyway. Paul Sykes has played in two friendlies, and I just wanted to look at other options.”
Another player to impress was Jon Magrin who scored two tries on the day against his former side.
On Magrin Greenwood said: “He didn’t play against Keighley but did play Boxing Day Vs Batley. He showed some good touches that day. I like Jon, he’s a really likable guy, I didn’t know him before we signed him, and whilst he has stuff to work on he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I think he’ll become a good player for us.”
Finally Greenwood said: “I am happy with the individual performances and now we have a tough job putting a 17 together for Leigh.”