Bulldogs hope to slay high-flying Dragons

Chris Ulugia has recovered from injury and is available for tomorrows Challenge Cup tie against Catalans Dragons.
Chris Ulugia has recovered from injury and is available for tomorrows Challenge Cup tie against Catalans Dragons.
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Batley Bulldogs will bid to pull off a Challenge Cup giant-killing act when they host Super League high fliers Catalans Dragons tomorrow (ko 8pm).

Catalans arrive at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium lying second in Super League but Batley believe they are capable of pulling off an upset and reaching the quarter-finals.

Batley should have Shaun Squires, Chris Ulugia and Alex Rowe back in contention following injury, while winger Wayne Reittie is also available having passed the relevant head tests after picking up a knock against Swinton a fortnight ago.

Catalans are a star-studded side boasting several NRL players from Australia, along with English and French internationals, who have won nine out of their 13 Super League games.

John Kear is relishing the prospect of locking horns with the Dragons and said: “Catalans are joint top of Super League and have a galaxy of stars. They have ex-NRL players in Glenn Stewart, Willie Mason and Todd Carney and a host of French internationals.

“If you would have asked me as a player about playing against a star studded outfit like this, I would have been bouncing and buzzing about the game and I’m sure my players will be.

“We go into every game thinking we can win and upsets can happen.

“It was a tough week last week with players out so it’s nice to be spoilt for choice and we have had good training sessions and will finalise things on Thursday.”

In a week when one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time was achieved, 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester City winning the Premier League title, Kear will look to pull off another huge shock tomorrow.

The Bulldogs coach joked: “Perhaps I should ring Claudio Ranieri and ask him how it’s done.”