Championship: Coaches demanding ruthless approach

Andy Hay.
Andy Hay.
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opposing coaches Andy Hay and John Kear have similar hopes for their teams going into tomorrow’s Kingstone Press Championship set-to.

Featherstone Rovers’ Hay and Kear, of Batley Bulldogs, are both keen to see their side show a more ruthless approach on attack, after squandering chances at last week’s Summer Bash.

Rovers led 6-0 early on against league leaders Leigh Centurions, but failed to turn pressure into points, were dragged into a dogfight and lost 31-12, while Batley also couldn’t take enough of their opportunities in a 19-12 defeat by Dewsbury Rams.

“It is going to be a big game for us,” Hay predicted. “They will be a tough side and they’ll be coming to win the game.

“They need the points. They lost last weekend, the same as we did and it’s always a tough game against Batley.

“I expect no less this time, but we’ve got to look at ourselves.

“We let quite a few points in last week, we showed some courage, but we were not smart enough with the ball.

“We had enough ball in the early stages to put some points on Leigh, but we didn’t come up with the right play.

“I think maybe the occasion got to us. We need to be a bit smarter and that’s what we’re looking for this week.”

Rovers are fifth, outside the all-important top-four on points difference, but Bulldogs have slipped to ninth and Kear admitted they need to get some wins on the board.

“We have to get this one right,” he said.

“We just need to up our performance in attack.

“We had enough field position last week, but we weren’t clinical enough with our execution or our decision-making in order to take advantage of it.”

Rovers won 23-16 when the sides met at Mount Pleasant in April, but that game convinced Kear his team are capable of getting the job done in tomorrow’s game, which kicks-off at 3pm.

He added: “We were 16-0 up and they came back and scored 23 unanswered points.

“The slope was a factor, but I don’t think it was a 20-point factor.

“We were disappointed we let them off the hook. They deserved it over the 80 minutes and we have got to try and rectify that this week.”