Rams boss Neil Kelly believes the team’s performance in Toulouse stands them in good stead for a positive Super 8s campaign.

“We’ll play Leigh, Swinton and Barrow at home and Rochdale, Featherstone, Sheffield and Batley away and I think if we show the spirit we showed last Saturday, and get a few bodies back, we are in good shape,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“You go into games like that thinking the longer you can make it a contest the more pressure there is on them and it worked out that way.

“I was quite pleased. They ran away with it in the last 20 minutes, which you’d expect, but most of the game was encouraging.”

Kelly handed opportunities to local amateur products Brad Delaney and Tobias Richardson. Delaney has played for the Rams previously, while Richardson earned a call-up following a series of outstanding performances this year for Dewsbury Moor.

“We only had 15 players on Friday, so we signed two,” explained Kelly. “Brad Delaney, who has played for Dewsbury before, and Toby Richardson from Dewsbury Moor.

“They had never trained with the side, but both acquitted themselves really well and fitted in really well, and everyone else in the side played well.

“We just needed to control the ball better in the second half.” the Rams boss added. “We spent most of the second half defending and it’s only a matter of time before you run out of steam, but, overall, it was a really positive trip.”

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