Bulldogs confident ahead of Rovers trip

Jubilant Batley players celebrate Shaun Ainscoughs try which helped set up a famous win over Leigh Centurions.
Jubilant Batley players celebrate Shaun Ainscoughs try which helped set up a famous win over Leigh Centurions.

Batley Bulldogs travel to Featherstone on Sunday (ko 3pm) brimming with confidence following last Sunday’s victory over Leigh Centurions.

However, coach John Kear will be forced to ring the changes after several of his side picked up injuries in a bruising opening Championship encounter.

Second row Sam Scott was undergoing a scan to assess the damage to a knee injury sustained when Andrew Dixon scored Leigh’s opening try.

James Davey is a major doubt after picking up a hamstring injury, while Adam Gledhill suffered a damage shoulder.

Kear is confident Batley have strength in depth in their squad as they travel to a Rovers side who suffered a 22-12 opening day defeat at Bradford Bulls.

Kear said: “Some of the lads who were on the sidelines (against Leigh) will get a chance against Featherstone due to the injuries we have picked up and it is up to them to maintain that standard we have set.

“The medical staff have a lot of work to do but we will review the Leigh game because there are still areas we can get better with.

“We can improve and that is what we will endeavour to do that.”

Kear revelled in a memorable victory over Leigh, which earned plaudits from across the rugby league fraternity adding: “That win is pretty special and the most pleasing thing is the players are buying into what we are trying to do.

“We were on the wrong end of the scoring ledger in several close games last year but we have shown the potential to come on the right side this year.

“Leigh are a very good team but perhaps they were a little ring rusty. They have some quality players but you still have to bed them into a team and we caught them at the right time in the right conditions.”