Batley’s profile raised with televised tie

Sky's Angela Powers interviews Dom Brambani after the Rovers cup win.
Sky's Angela Powers interviews Dom Brambani after the Rovers cup win.

Batley Bulldogs will be thrown into the limelight tomorrow night when they entertain Super League high fliers Catalans Dragons in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round live on Sky Sports (ko 8pm).

oach John Kear will be aiming to spring another cup upset and will himself play a big part in the television coverage.

For the first time in rugby league history, Sky TV viewers will be able to hear the thoughts of a head coach live during the game.

At several points during the match, Sky will ask Kear to comment on proceedings, while cameras will show a delayed transmission of the half-time teamtalk.

Kear said: “It is something different but I’ll take it on board and it adds to the occasion.

“I’m fully aware my job is to coach the side out on the field but it is also to raise the profile of the club and, hopefully, get more people to come and watch us.

“It is a massive opportunity on the playing side but also a chance to showcase Batley to the wider rugby league community, which is something we want to embrace.”

Kear was pleased with his side’s display in pushing Championship leaders Leigh Centurions close last Sunday, although he was disappointed as the result when two late tries cost his side victory.

Kear added: “Considering the position we were in (with injuries) I thought it was an excellent display although there was an element of disappointment as I felt we didn’t get what we deserved out of the game.

“The performance has filled me with confidence with the new players we now have on the books.

“The 17 players did very well and there are plus points to take for the rest of the season.”

Irish international centre Callum Casey, made his debut having joined Batley late last week, along with forward Dave Peterson, who came off the bench to make his first Bulldogs appearance.

Centre Greg Minikin was a third Bulldogs debutant against Leigh having signed on dual registration from Castleford Tigers, while Ryan Boyle has also joined Batley but didn’t feature against the Centurions.