Bulldogs prepared for intensity of derby day

James Brown forces his way through the Doncaster defence and over for a Bulldogs try. 'Pic: Paul Butterfield.
James Brown forces his way through the Doncaster defence and over for a Bulldogs try. 'Pic: Paul Butterfield.

Batley Bulldogs are fully prepared for the intensity of tomorrow’s Heavy Woollen derby against Dewsbury Rams (kick off 7.30pm).

The Good Friday derby remains one of rugby league’s traditions and a good crowd is expected as the old foes resume their rivalry.

Batley lie above the Rams on points difference following last week’s 16-14 victory at Doncaster and coach John Kear is expecting another tough battle.

Kear said: “In any Batley game against Dewsbury you take it as read that it’s going to be tough and intense. Both teams are going to be highly motivated, so you’ve just got to accept that and get on with it.

“I thought Doncaster were really good, having watched two of their previous games they rectified a lot of faults and they really did challenge us.

“They made it a very difficult day at the office for us. It was an ugly win but it was a win for spirit, determination and character. It was good to come on the right side of a low scoring game.”

Batley will have just one full day to recover from tomorrow’s derby before planning for Easter Monday’s trip to London Broncos.

Kear added: “This spell of games will show the men from the boys and I always see the game before Easter and the game after Easter as a test.

“This period is almost like a mini season and we be looking to come through it with positive performances and results.

“We have a very tough game on Good Friday and then we will meet up Sunday morning.

“We have planned our Easter timetable, so the players know what to expect.

“We will train on Sunday morning and have planned our journey down and back (from London) on Monday but will then give the players a few days off and won’t be seeing them until the following Thursday.”