Big incentive for Batley Bulldogs

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Batley Bulldogs could finish as high up as second tomorrow if they beat their high-flying hosts Halifax tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Both clubs can still finish as runners-up should they win, but are relying on Leigh Centurions losing against Swinton Lions. Victory does assure at least third place for both, however, and Bulldogs coach John Kear says that will ensure a tight clash at the Shay.

Kear said: “If Halifax win they know they come at least third, and it’s the same for us.

“The nice thing is that we both get another shot next week whatever happens, but obviously we would prefer to be going into the play-offs playing from third rather than fifth.”

Kear is hoping to have dual registration prop James Green available for the match, and says that calf injury victims Alex Walmsley and Danny Maun have trained fully and are ready to play.

Bullish Batley coach Matt Diskin.

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