Batley Bulldogs: Diskin’s annoyed by penalty pile-up

Matt Diskin.
Matt Diskin.
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BATLEY BULLDOGS coach Matt Diskin was unhappy with the performance of referee Jonathan Roberts after the 42-14 defeat at Featherstone Rovers.

The Kingstone Press Championship game included 34 penalties – 18 of them against Batley – and Diskin’s side had Dane Manning and Tom Lillycrop sin-binned, along with Rovers’ Chris Ulugia.

Featherstone’s first score was a penalty try and Diskin said: “It was a very poorly officiated game.

“I don’t think either coach will have been happy with that referee’s performance, I thought it was terrible.

“We have got a level of accountability. That bloke will go again refereeing next week and everybody will think hunky dory with no level of accountability.”

The loss two days ago ended Batley’s three-game winning run.

“In the first half I thought we played well,” Diskin said.

“We were starved of possession in the early part of the game and Featherstone were clinical. They got a dubious penalty try and then a couple of close-range tries.

“The majority of tries we conceded were in and around the ruck and goal line which is frustrating because you don’t think the opposition’s earned them. It’s more a lapse of concentration or discipline on our part.”