Sheffield Eagles 18 Batley Bulldogs 28: Kear happy as Bulldogs bounce back

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Bulldogs coach John Kear hailed his players after they bounced back from last week’s thrashing at Featherstone to earn a first win at Sheffield since 2010.

Eagles boss Kear said: “It’s important to beat Sheffield after we had 16-17 games since we last beat them.

“We were focused on putting that right and there were obvious benefits to the league table as well.

“The response to a very poor performance last week (at Featherstone) was excellent.”

The victory saw Batley take back sixth place in the Championship and left Eagles hanging on to the final play-off place. Wayne Reittie, Ben Heaton, Jacob Fairbank and Alex Brown scored the Batley tries, with Scott Leatherbarrow booting six goals.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Straugheir, Taulapapa; Walker, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Green, Knowles, Briggs. Subs: Davey, Lillycrop, Hope, Uaisele.

Batley: Greenwood; Riette, Paterson, Heaton, Brown; Black, Leatherbarrow; Smith, Nicholson, Applegareth, Davies, Scott, Blake. Subs: Rowe, Johnson, Channdler,.

Referee: George Stokes (RFL).

Attendance: 736.

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