Batley Bulldogs: Whitehaven’s close proximity in table should act as a warning says coach Kear

John Kear
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THIS WEEKEND’S opponents Whitehaven are proof of what a “tough competition” the Kingstone Press Championship is, says Batley coach John Kear.

Batley are ninth, one place and three points above Haven, who occupy the final relegation spot.

Kear said: “We are outside the relegation zone and if we are still there in four weeks we’ll be happy.

“Whitehaven are in the relegation zone with 10 wins after 22 rounds. In Super League, they’d be in the play-offs.”

Bulldogs came through the 36-6 loss to leaders Leigh two days ago injury-free and Kear added: “I thought we fronted up pretty well, but they are a very good team and they out-played us in every department.”

Meanwhile, Batley and neighbours Dewsbury Rams could hear tomorrow if they have been found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in round 21 of the Championship.

Bulldogs are accused to breaching competition rules by playing Huddersfield Giants’ Jacob Fairbank on dual-registration in the win at Sheffield Eagles on July 27.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) have investigated a counter-claim that Eagles’ on-loan Featherstone Rovers back Etu Uaisele should not have played in that game, but a spokesman for the governing body said that allegation has been “proved to be without substance”.

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