BOSS JOHN Kear says Batley Bulldogs need a huge improvement after coming unstuck in the first of four games against top teams in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Bulldogs were beaten 44-16 at fifth-placed Featherstone Rovers two days ago, having trailed 34-0 at half-time.
They are at home to Sheffield Eagles – who are third – on Friday and play host to ex-Super League outfit London Broncos a week tomorrow, before the visit of leaders Leigh Centurions the following Sunday.
“We’ve got three big games coming up – and it’s a run of four if you include Featherstone,” Kear said.
“They are four really tough games and we will find out a lot about ourselves.
“In a period as tough as this we will see which players are up for the challenge and which aren’t.
“It is a big test of the group.”
Bulldogs showed some spirit in the second half against Featherstone, but Kear admitted the damage was done before the break.
“The first half was embarrassing, we were dominated in every aspect of the game,” he reflected.
“They were physically all over us and we could not cope with it.
“We did get a reaction in the second half, but it was too little, too late.”