Dewsbury Rams will this weekend take on Halifax in what should be an interesting Betfred Championship fixture.

After last week’s postponed matches the Rams will be hoping to back up the encouraging performance against Leigh on the opening weekend. Dewsbury lost 36-10 however many people including head coach Lee Greenwood believes that scoreline was a little harsh on the Rams.

The Rams were supposed to be playing Swinton last weekend however the fixture was postponed for poor weather.

Their opponents on Sunday are Halifax a club who have performed quite well in the Championship over the last few seasons. Head coach Simon Grix has began his first full season in charge. Grix will be hoping that his Fax side perform better this season than what they did last year in the league. The Shay Stadium side did however perform fantastically well in the Challenge Cup, reaching the semi-final stage at Bolton, they went on to lose to St Helens.

LAST TEN MEETINGS

Dewsbury 28, Halifax 28 (ChR22, 21/7/19)

Dewsbury 6, Halifax 34 (CCR6, 10/5/19)

Halifax 26, Dewsbury 0 (ChR6, 10/3/19)

Halifax 22, Dewsbury 22 (ChR14, 20/5/18)

Dewsbury 18, Halifax 46 (ChR9, 22/4/18)

Dewsbury 18, Halifax 36 (ChR13, 7/5/17)

Halifax 34, Dewsbury 6 (ChR9, 9/4/17)

Halifax 22, Dewsbury 24 (CSR3, 21/8/16)

Dewsbury 8, Halifax 24 (ChR18, 19/6/16)

Halifax 23, Dewsbury 14 (ChR11, 24/4/16)

PLAYER STATS

SCOTT GRIX needs one try to reach 150 for his career.

    – 12 for Halifax (2004, 2019-2020)

    – 58 for Huddersfield Giants (2010-2016, 2019)

    – 34 for Wakefield Trinity (2008-2009, 2017-2018)

    – 21 for Widnes Vikings (2007)

    – 13 for Leigh Centurions (2006)

    – 3 for Doncaster (2003)

    – 8 for Ireland (2006-2008, 2010, 2013, 2015-2018)

LIAM FINN needs two tries to reach 150 for his career.

    – 49 for Dewsbury Rams (2006-2009, 2019-2020)

    – 1 for Newcastle Thunder (2019)

    – 8 for Wakefield Trinity (2004, 2016-2018)

    – 9 for Castleford Tigers (2014-2015)

    – 71 for Featherstone Rovers (2005, 2010-2013)

    – 2 for Halifax (2002-2003)

    – 8 for Ireland (2007-2018)

    (0 for Widnes Vikings (2018, loan)

MICHAEL KNOWLES needs one try to reach 100 for his career.

    – 13 for Dewsbury Rams (2017-2019)

    – 1 for Featherstone Rovers (2017)

    – 42 for Sheffield Eagles (2012-2016)

    – 17 for Barrow Raiders (2010-2011)

    – 22 for Gateshead Thunder (2007-2009)

    – 4 for Castleford Tigers (2005-2007)

HEAD COACH COMMENTS

Lee Greenwood said on the upcoming fixture: “Our challenge is to go to Halifax as underdogs and get a result and much improved performance on last year. I was hugely disappointed on last year’s showing. A similar time of year and conditions and it was a poor, soft performance. Halifax hadn’t started their season off well, so with everything I came away very disappointed.

“I can’t imagine it being a bowling green on Sunday with the rain. I want us to go there and really put a performance on and challenge them.

“We are still underdogs going into this weekend. So I’m more looking how we perform this year as to last year. It’s a similar time of year, similar conditions, same clubs, and a similar team we are facing as they don’t look too different. Yes a different coach but their style of play is near enough the same.

“If you look at the last few years, Halifax have prided themselves on their defence, being big and physical. So we’ll need to go there ready for a big test.”

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