Bulldog Mariano set to rock Rams at Bash

Frankie Mariano joined Batley on dual registration from Castleford Tigers and made his debut against Workington.
Frankie Mariano joined Batley on dual registration from Castleford Tigers and made his debut against Workington.

Batley dual registration forward Frankie Mariano is ready to rock Blackpool as the Bulldogs face Dewsbury Rams in the Summer Bash on Sunday.

Mariano joined Batley on dual registration from Castleford Tigers and was granted permission to play in time for last weekend’s Championship clash at Workington Town.

The 29-year-old, who played 95 games in Super League, including 35 for the Tigers, made a winning debut for the Bulldogs, who earned an impressive 31-24 victory at Workington as Batley maintained the pressure on top four rivals Featherstone and Bradford.

Batley now turn their attention to the Heavy Woollen derby in one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the Championship calendar.

Bulldogs coach John Kear said: “We were down in numbers in the second row with Brad Day and Sam Scott injured.

“I know Frankie from my Wakefield days and he can add punch on the edge and when he became available we pursued it.

“Both Greg Minikin and Frankie will be available again this week but we will assess the best team to go and get the win.

“The Summer Bash is exciting and a great occasion. Super League have the Magic Weekend and now we get the Summer Bash and it’s great to see the Championship as the focus of attention.”

Batley beat Dewsbury in a dramatic encounter 44-30 on Good Friday and Kear says fans can expect more thrills and spills in Blackpool.

He added: “I think you can guarantee another thrilling game with plenty of talking points as there always is in the Heavy Woollen derby.

“We gave the team until Wednesday off, because it was a long trip up to Cumbria but we will then be building towards Dewsbury.”