Doncaster 14 Batley 16: Bulldogs’ late try rally is just enough to hit hosts Doncaster for six

Cain Southernwood
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Batley Bulldogs staged a late rally to sentence Doncaster to a sixth successive Championship defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Winger Wayne Reitte threw them a lifeline on 70 minutes when winning the race to a grubber kick to the corner to close the deficit t to 14-10.

Half-back Cain Southernwood, who also added the extras, went over from acting-half after the outstanding Sam Brown had been held just short, to clinch a hard-earned 16-14 victory three minutes from time.

The Dons took the lead in the 20th minute when on-loan second-rower Jansin Turget celebrated his home debut with a try. The Hull FC forward found himself well placed to capitalise when Batley full-back Johnny Campbell failed to deal with an awkwardly bouncing ball from Cooke’s kick in his own 20.

Full-back Dave Scott added the extras and also kicked a 24th minute penalty after Batley infringed on their own line under severe pressure. The Dons elected to run a kickable penalty on the half-hour and the gamble paid off as Mitch Clark forced his way over from close range. Scott’s conversion made it 14-0.

Batley opened their account on 36 minutes, Brown bursting over from close range near enough for Southernwood to convert. Batley centre Shaun Squires was held just short in the corner while loose-forward Mike Emmett and winger Sam Doherty both went close for Doncaster.

Doncaster: Scott, Doherty, Welham, Gilbey, Naughton, Cooke, Kittrick, Carbutt, Kesik, Robinson, Turget, Snitch, Emmett. Subs: Spiers. Clark, Walton,Tyson-Wilson.

Batley: Campbell, Reittie, Bretherton, Squires, Ainscough, Southernwood, Nicholson, Hirst, Blake, Rowe, Scott, Mitchell, Chandler. Subs: Gledhill, Lillycrop, Brown, Fozard.

Referee: Tom Crashley.

Attendance: 1,277.