THEIR BATTLING performance at Leeds Rhinos has given Batley Bulldogs a confidence boost, coach John Kear says.
Kear’s part-time side were beaten 32-0, but Kear reckons a strong defensive effort will send them into Saturday’s game at promoted Leigh Centurions in high spirits.
“The first two and a half games, we didn’t enjoy it at all,” Kear said of Batley’s Qualifiers campaign.
“But we enjoyed the second half against Huddersfield, we enjoyed a titanic tussle against Featherstone and we enjoyed going to Headingley and playing against the aristocrats of Leeds.
“We have grown into it. It is like anything else, if you compete against superior opposition it does make you grow as individuals and grow as a group and I think that’s what they’ve done.”
Batley had a short turnaround for their trip to Leeds and Kear said the longer break between games will help them this week.
“We have got an eight-day turnaround so we can dust the players down and get them ready to go against Leigh,” Kear said.
“That’s another reason I was so pleased with last week – we played Sunday and again on Friday against a full-time team.
“At times we looked very tired, but the players showed heart and commitment to come through the other side of that fatigue.”