Diskin’s delight as Batley turn tables

Matt Diskin
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THEIR LADBROKES Challenge Cup fourth round win at Toulouse Olympique proved the strength of Batley Bulldogs’ squad, coach Matt Diskin reckons.

Bulldogs claimed a place in today’s fifth round draw with a 34-16 success on a ground where they were crushed 44-6 in their opening Kingstone Press Championship fixture last month.

Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles fielded a below-strength side, but Batley were also without key players – including half-back Dominic Brambani – and Diskin said: “We have got a good squad and so have they.

“We had some fantastic players missing, we went over there with only one half-back and played extremely well. I was very proud of them and I don’t think anybody should take anything away from them. It was a great result.”

Diskin felt Bulldogs learned lessons from their league defeat. He added: “We reviewed it and looked at where we could improve.

“We didn’t handle the occasion and we get embarrassed a bit.

“Ever since the draw was made the boys have been looking forward to going back over there and trying to prove a point.

“We have made such an inconsistent start we knew we needed to improve and we made a really positive step towards that.”