Batley Bulldogs: Coach Harrison demands more

Coach Karl Harrison is demanding "improvements" from his team in their next pre-season game.

Bulldogs defeated a second-string Huddersfield Giants side 30-18 two days ago, but Harrison wants a better performance against Halifax at Mount Pleasant this Sunday.

Batley came through the Huddersfield game with no major injury concerns, but Harrison wasn't happy with the way his side played.

"It was better than training," he said. "It was a good work out for the boys, Huddersfield's young boys put up a good performance.

"It was good from a coaching point of view, because there were a few things we got beaten at, which we'll work on leading up to the Halifax game."

This weekend's encounter – which sees the Northern Rail Cup holders plan host to the Co-op Championship Grand Final winners – is being billed as a Champion of Champions match.

Harrison, who came up with the idea, said the clubs have agreed to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the sport's benevolent fund.

The Bulldogs coach is expecting a big crowd and believes the fixture should become an annual pre-season event.

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