THERE WERE contrasting emotions from Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear and Dewsbury Rams’ Glen Morrison following the latest round of matches in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield. Bulldogs came through their 38-20 win at bottom club Doncaster with no new injuries and boss Kear was happy with his side’s second-half effort after they had trailed 14-6 at the break.
“The first half was a bit iffy, but the second half was better,” he reflected. “There was an element of nervousness and I don’t think we really respected our opposition in the first half. They earned our respect with the way they played and in the second half the players stepped up their intensity and execution and played pretty well. Both wingers scored two tries, the centres scored and the half-backs, so we played some good rugby.”
But Morrison was disappointed with the way his team let their 100 per cent winning record slip against Whitehaven, going down 42-30 after leading 10-0.
He said: “We worked hard all week on our defence and at the start we showed the character we’ve got in the team. In the first 25 minutes we didn’t give them a sniff of anything, but then we lost our way.”
Aaron Brown (shoulder) and Makali Aizue (cheekbone) both picked up injuries and will be assessed ahead of Monday’s visit of London Broncos.