Kear’s pride as he signs off as Batley coach

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Batley coach John Kear said he was “chuffed” with his side’s performance in the defeat against Salford – his final match in charge of the Bulldogs.

Batley coach John Kear said he was “chuffed” with his side’s performance in the 42-14 defeat against Salford – his final match in charge of the Bulldogs.

Kear’s five-year tenure at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium is drawing to a close as he prepares to move back to Wakefield Trinity as their head of rugby.

But he said he was proud of his team’s display in the second half against the Super League side, who booked their place in the Million Pound Match.

“I’m really chuffed,” Kear said. “One of the things we wanted to do at half-time was win the second half and we did that.

“The performance might have reflected my character, it was gritty and determined, it was enthusiastic and it was hard-working.

“Salford had the quality and you’ve got to pay credit to them. I thought they came here focused, intense and ready to play. They stuck to their game plan to the letter.

“I’m just really pleased with what my players have done all season. With Featherstone losing, that means we’re the best part-time team in the country over a full season and I take great pride in that.”

Meanwhile, former Australia national coach Tim Sheens said farewell to Salford after helping them reach the relegation decider.

Sheens is quitting his role as director of rugby at the Red Devils to take over as head coach of Hull KR next season and will be an interested spectator when his current and future employers meet at the Lightstream Stadium next Saturday to decide the 12th and final team in Super League for 2017.

“Tim’s done now,” Watson said. “I don’t think it would be fair on Tim to ask him to come in next week with us playing Hull KR.

“Tim has just spoken to a couple of the boys saying that he won’t be around.”

“Tim’s been great for us,” added Watson. “He’s a great bloke and has done a lot for us on and off the field. We’ll miss him but he’s chosen to go his way so that’s the way it will be.”

Full-back Jimmy Watson scored a hat-trick of tries in the 32-18 win over Gloucestershire All Golds.

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