coach john Kear hailed his Batley Bulldogs players for winning the arm wrestle after they made it two victories from two with a 26-14 success at Hunslet Hawks.
Batley trailed by eight points in the first half and were six adrift at half-time, but kept their opponents scoreless in the second period and Kear said: “I was very happy with the whole approach of the team.
“It is not an easy place to come, Hunslet will have felt it was a winnable game and they were up for it after a very good performance against Featherstone last Monday.
“The wind and the rain and the heavy conditions made it a bit of a slog, but credit to the players, we realised it was going to be an 80-minute arm wrestle.
“That’s what it was and fortunately for us we came out on top.”
Kear added: “It was 12-4 and they (Bulldogs’ players) kept their composure, work rate, focus and intensity and turned it around.
“It was 22-2 after that, so it’s credit to them for how they turned it around with their performance.”
Newly-promoted Hunslet have lost their opening two games in the Kingstone Press Championship, but boss Barry Eaton felt yesterday was a lesson learned.
He said: “We let some things affect us, some questionable stuff that happened out there, some decisions that were 50-50.
“I’m not saying the referee got it wrong, but some of those 50-50s that we felt should have gone our way and didn’t, we let it get under our skin a little bit.
“We lost a bit of focus and some composure. We let Batley’s tactics affect us, instead of getting round it.
“It is only round two, but we need to learn how to deal with that side of the game.
“Batley came with a simple game plan and just got the better of us.”
Eaton had no complaints about his team’s attitude in tough conditions.
“We are competing,” he said. “We are pleased with that, the effort’s really good and the attitude’s first class.
“We are going to have to be a little bit smarter to be able to win some games.
“We’re not far away, it could all fall into place, but there’s some areas of the game where we’ve got to be a bit better.”