Bulldogs boss wants a far better performance on return to Toulouse

Matt Diskin
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COACH MATT Diskin hopes Batley Bulldogs can catch Toulouse Olympique napping today (2.30pm).

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round tie is Bulldogs’ second trip to France in successive months.

And after they were crushed 44-6 there in Kingstone Press Championship round one, Diskin reckons Toulouse may take his side lightly.

“I think the experience of having been there before a few weeks ago will help us,” Diskin said. “We caught cold a bit last time, regarding what Toulouse would deliver.

“I thought our preparation was good, but we came up short – massively.

“I think there might be a bit of arrogance from Toulouse, they’ve left a lot of big names out of their 19-man squad.

“They are either not fans of the competition or they’ve not got a lot of respect for our players.”

Diskin said a squad meeting this week targeted hard work as a way to better results and he added: “This game will be a test of that.

“We know we’re going to be under the pump and the players will need to work hard for each other.”

Bulldogs’ prospects have been hampered by a baby boom.

Diskin said: “We’ve got three players – Dominic Brambani, Macauley Hallett and James Davey – with wives who are expecting babies, so they aren’t available.”

Cain Southernwood (cracked ribs) also misses out.

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