Rams loose forward Aaron Brown believes the team is “more than capable” of beating the teams around them and climbing the table during the Super 8s.
Dewsbury ended the regular season in ninth. They sit a point behind Sheffield and three adrift of seventh-placed Batley, ahead of this Sunday’s fixture against Swinton Lions.
“As a squad, we are more than capable of beating any of the teams around us,” said Brown.
“Definitely survival is the main priority, but hopefully we can get a couple of wins and kick on.
“We have to be looking to get as far up the table as we can.”
Brown also believes that the team can take heart from their recent performances, including the battling display away at Toulouse nine days ago.
“There have been great efforts from everyone,” said Brown.
“The performance against Toulouse was good considering we were a few players down and had a couple of people out of position.
“We also had two lads in Toby Richardson and Brad Delaney, who came in on short notice and put good displays in.
“And for us to stick with Toulouse for 60 minutes or so was credit to the boys.”
Rams head coach Neil Kelly has allowed the players a short break from the rigours of training this past weekend, and Brown believes the time away will provide a good platform for the challenges ahead.
“The squad have seen the fixtures now and even though we’ve been away, there’s already a determination to make the most of these next few weeks.
“But the break has been well needed. The season takes it toll on the body, and so this gives some of the lads with knocks a chance to fully recover, which is essential.”