Sheffield Eagles 18 Batley Bulldogs 28: Kear happy as Bulldogs bounce back

Share this article
Have your say

Bulldogs coach John Kear hailed his players after they bounced back from last week’s thrashing at Featherstone to earn a first win at Sheffield since 2010.

Eagles boss Kear said: “It’s important to beat Sheffield after we had 16-17 games since we last beat them.

“We were focused on putting that right and there were obvious benefits to the league table as well.

“The response to a very poor performance last week (at Featherstone) was excellent.”

The victory saw Batley take back sixth place in the Championship and left Eagles hanging on to the final play-off place. Wayne Reittie, Ben Heaton, Jacob Fairbank and Alex Brown scored the Batley tries, with Scott Leatherbarrow booting six goals.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Straugheir, Taulapapa; Walker, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Green, Knowles, Briggs. Subs: Davey, Lillycrop, Hope, Uaisele.

Batley: Greenwood; Riette, Paterson, Heaton, Brown; Black, Leatherbarrow; Smith, Nicholson, Applegareth, Davies, Scott, Blake. Subs: Rowe, Johnson, Channdler,.

Referee: George Stokes (RFL).

Attendance: 736.

Baley try scorer Alex Rowe. PIC: Paul Butterfield

Championship/League 1: Eight Bulldogs players cross hosts’ whitewash to tame Lions