Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly provided the media with his thoughts following the defeat to Featherstone Rovers on Sunday.

The Rams lost 18-42 on the day, with the visitors taking all the points.

On the defeat Kelly said: “I think overall we have done really well over the last few weeks in our control of the oppositions possession.

“I just felt right from the first set we didn’t have that control. It was a hot day and when you’re allowing them to pick the ball up on their own line from the kick off and they can work it the full length of the field, via a penalty and a repeat set, those repeat sets kill you.

“We got ourselves into a state of misery too early on. We were doing too much defending early on, and on a hot day that is fatal.

“We were better in the second half, more competitive and showed more spirit. However the big message from me to the team is that we have to keep working at it.

“Without being too critical of my side, Featherstone are a good team, and they are a better side than we are. However that doesn’t mean they are always going to win, but they will if you don’t put the effort in to control their possession.

“We can take our lessons from this game against Featherstone where they controlled our possession.”

Kelly picked out two players in particular he thought who had good games, those were Jordan Crowther and Kyle Trout.

He commented: “I thought Jordan Crowther had an absolutely immense game for us. He was right in the thick of things on a warm day.

“He tackled his heart out, he was always on hand to play the ball. Jordan was well supported by Kyle Trout who I thought had by far and away his best game for us.”

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