Leeds Rhinos 32 Batley Bulldogs 0: Mac hails Rhinos’ dogged defence

Ryan Hall

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LEEDS RHINOS boss Brian McDermott credited Batley Bulldogs for preventing a landslide score at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds laboured to a 32-0 win over the Kingstone Press Championship part-timers and McDermott said: “Defensively I thought they were outstanding.

“You could accuse us of being a bit off and a bit clunky and a bit frustrated, certainly attacking their tryline.

“But when you are making errors with a load of Batley shirts in front of you, it was usually because they were putting us under pressure and they never really dropped off with that.”

McDermott was pleased to keep a clean sheet.

He added: “Defensively we never let Batley get into it.”

Leeds’ fifth win from as many games in the Qualifiers left them needing one point to guarantee a place in Super League next year. But Leeds will be safe, with two rounds still to play, if Huddersfield Giants lose at Leigh Centurions today or Hull KR fail to win at London Broncos tomorrow.

Bulldogs coach John Kear was “very proud indeed” of his team’s effort.

He said: “Performance-wise we were very good.

“Defensively we were very good indeed and we made it hard for Leeds.

“The players are absolutely buzzing and the South Stand were great. They were chanting “Batley” at the end and it shows their respect for that performance.

“That was the biggest crowd they have played in front of, it was fantastic.”

Kear had no complaints over his side’s decision not to kick a penalty in front of the posts in the first half.

He said:”I wanted us to score a try and I think we deserved to, but credit to Leeds.”

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