Will Lovell is determined to make amends for last weekend’s Betfred Championship reverse to Bradford Bulls when Dewsbury Rams visit the capital on Sunday afternoon (3pm).
The Broncos skipper accepted Sunday’s home performance was not up to the standards required if the club is to fulfil its ambition of winning promotion back into the Super League.
But players’ response in training has been positive and Dewsbury’s visit presents Lovell and his teammates with a prime opportunity to register a fourth league win of the season in front of the club’s loyal supporters.
The Rams will be equally focused on securing two points, though.
Sunday’s visitors are without a game in a fortnight after their home match to Batley last weekend was postponed following an agreement between both clubs which saw the fixture delayed so more supporters could attend the tie later in the year.
Lovell said: “We need to attack this game head-on from the start. Our ambition this year is to win promotion and we understand that right now we are not where we need to be if we’re to achieve our goals.
“We need to start building towards the end goal and we’re steadily doing that. We’re determined to put ourselves in good shape in time for the business end of the season.”
The Rams are likely to include experienced half-backs Paul Sykes and Liam Finn in their squad. Between them, both players boast more than 800 professional appearances between them.
Switching off at any moment during Sunday’s tie could therefore have bitter consequences.
“We’ve had a great week of training,” said Lovell. “We’ve re-focused and the squad is fired up to deliver and right our wrongs from last weekend.
“There we no excuses against Bradford, we simply didn’t perform well enough on the day.”
The Broncos’ squad were boosted this week after learning 23-year-old Irish international Pat Moran has signed from Elite One Championship outfit SO Avignon.
The prop arrived in the UK on Tuesday morning and will link up with the squad next week following the completion of a self-isolation period. Lovell said Moran’s arrival will help boost the Broncos’ middle area and develop healthy competition for team places.
He added: “We need healthy competition in the squad at the moment, and Pat will bring us that. He is a good quality player that will boost our middle order.
“He has never been a teammate of mine, but I played against him once while he was at Widnes. We can’t wait to welcome him to the squad.”
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