Rams Head Coach Neil Kelly

Dewsbury Rams boss Neil Kelly was frustrated with his side’s performance against local rivals Batley Bulldogs. The Rams lost the first derby of the season 18-10 away at Mount Pleasant.

On the game against Batley, Kelly said: “When you have a completion rate of 48% out of a 100% in the second half you are never going to win the game. For all we have worked really hard, and we have worked really hard in defence, it has come to nothing.

“When you don’t put pressure on your oppositions back-line and gain field position in an area where you can hurt Batley, I feel that we have let them off the hook this evening.

“Fair enough Batley have won the game. We went through a period in the second half where we were just defending penalty after penalty.

“I was disappointed in the fact that we couldn’t apply any pressure on to the Batley back-line.

“When we did get that field position we scored a great try from it, so I leave the game very frustrated.”

The Rams go into Monday’s game looking to bounce back from the derby day defeat, and Kelly is looking for his team to add pressure to the oppositions back-line more.

He said: “We have got a chance to bounce back on Monday, but we need to be putting more pressure on the oppositions back-line. We have to play rugby and make decisions in the game which are rugby decisions.”