Dewsbury Rams winger Andy Gabriel insists he is still getting used to playing in the Championship.
Gabriel moved to the Rams from League 1 side Keighley Cougars in the off season. The athletic winger says he’s still learning the ropes.
He said: “I’m just happy to be getting game time with moving up a division, this year for me is just about putting everything into my performances and trying to regularly play at this level and hopefully improving as the year goes on.
“The tries are always a bonus but for me if I focus on all aspects of my performance I’m sure the tries will come.”
Gabriel scored one of the tries of the weekend at the Blackpool Bash last Sunday. However despite getting on the score sheet he says both him and the rest of the lads were disappointed with the result.
He commented: “Yes I enjoyed it apart from the result obviously, it’s a good occasion, it’s not often you get to play on sky and in front of that many people
“I think the effort was there, I don’t think anybody can look at that game and say we lacked effort. I just think that we lost our nerve a bit in attack and wasted quite a few opportunities where as batley didn’t
“It was massively disappointing especially after the disappointing performance at the home game, we felt like we owed them one.”
Despite the defeat to Batley and the poor form of late, Gabriel is confident that the Rams can now go on a good run and pick up some much needed points. He knows Swinton will be a difficult test, but he believes the Rams can come through it.
He said: “Swinton are a dangerous side in attack they definitely aren’t to be taken lightly, if everyone is not switched on defensively then they will punish you as we saw towards the end of the first game. However with that been said I thought we looked comfortable for most parts of the game at home last time, if we can improve from that performance then we should pick up the 2 points.
“I don’t think we have any other option than to win these next couple of league games. They are massive for us, with the game in hand if we can pick up points in the next few weeks it puts us in a more comfortable position going forward.
“Like I’ve said the effort has been there, we have just come up short in a few areas of our game which we will be looking to fix starting with the game against Swinton this weekend.”