Batley Bulldogs: Kear wrestling with mixed emotions

John Kear
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BATLEY BULLDOGS’ 58-28 home loss to Huddersfield Giants in the First Utility Qualifiers left coach John Kear unsure whether to laugh or cry.

Batley were 48-2 adrift at half-time, but stunned the Super League team in the second half by scoring five tries.

Batley also lost 58-18 at Hull KR and 76-16 to London Broncos in their opening two games and Kear said: “I was really disappointed with the first half.

“I thought we would have been much better than that after the chastening we had at London, but it was heartening that in the second half we showed some spirit and character and played some good rugby league.

“But there’s two parts to the game, not just attack and you tend to attack better when you defend well.”

Bulldogs’ points difference of minus 130 has left them bottom of the table and Kear admitted: “You’ve got to take any positives you can, but it is a concern we are leaking so many points so easily.

“We have conceded more than 50 points in every game we’ve played in the Qualifiers. I know we’ve played two Super League teams, but in all honesty they have been the best performances of the three.

“I have said to the players our Qualifiers started at half-time against Huddersfield.

“Hopefully we can maintain that quality of play in the upcoming games.”