Diskin praises team for excellent display as Batley provide value for money

Jason Crookes races over for his hat-trick try against Toulouse.
Jason Crookes races over for his hat-trick try against Toulouse.

Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin was full of praise for his side following last Saturday’s emphatic win over Betfred Championship high fliers Toulouse.

It was Batley’s fifth win in nine matches and leaves them just four points outside the top four in the Championship standings.

Diskin was delighted with his sides’ performance and said: “We have been playing some good rugby and that has been coming.

“We controlled the field position really well and although they are a full time team, they were dead on their legs and struggled to compete with us.

“They still offered plenty of threat but I thought we dealt with that really well. There was a little bit of a nervous patch midway through the second half but once we pulled through that, we played some very good rugby and we fully deserved the win.

“The first five minutes, we were away with the fairies but once we woke up and got into our groove we were really good.

“We made good metres and produced some good finishes and we are finally showing the kind of team I want us to become.

“I always said I wanted to play an attractive brand of rugby and I thought we did.

“We have been saying for the last few weeks that a performance like that was coming and we just needed to stick with the processes and get some confidence in what we are doing and we finally showed that and anyone who was at the game were entertained and the money they paid to get in was fully worthwhile.”

Batley recovered from falling behind to an early Toulouse try as they went on to score eight times.

Jason Crookes led the way with a hat-trick, while Brad Day bagged two, as Batley dominated for long periods, led by half-backs Izaac Farrell and Dominic Brambani.

Diskin added: “The game management from both half-backs was really good. We found touch when we needed to and put kicks in the right places which was a massive improvement for us on where we have been. You add to that some good rugby and fluency and it was really good to watch.

“Coming off the back of Easter, the boys showed real character. They are full of bumps and bruises and they have earned some rest, so I’m giving them a few days off.

“We set ourselves some challenges over Easter and we saw this as the final game of the Easter period and we have knocked them off and achieved what we set out to do.”