Kear admits Bulls clash will be a great occasion

John Kear will welcome Jimmy Lowes (right) and his Bulls side on Sunday.
John Kear will welcome Jimmy Lowes (right) and his Bulls side on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear admits he is relishing the prospect of seeing his side come up against Bradford Bulls and says it will be a great occasion for everyone involved with the club.

atley take on the former Super League giants for the first time in many years and Kear is hoping his side will do themselves justice against one of the form teams in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Kear said: “It is going to be a great occasion and I am looking for a big response from my players.

“We have four really tough fixtures this season in Bradford and Leigh at home and even harder games away but I hope we can give a big performance to match the occasion.”

Batley slipped to a 28-16 defeat at Sheffield last Sunday but a last minute Eagles try gave the final scoreline a flattering look after the Bulldogs had threatened to snatch something from the game.

Kear added: “That was the worst we have played all season but we were still in with a shout of winning right until the end.

“It was a scruffy game and we only completed (our sets) at 67 per cent but a think Sheffield were similar and I thought it was very scratchy.

“We have now lost two close games, so we need to win one of those.”

Bradford arrive at Mount Pleasant on the back of three straight wins, following their opening day defeat to Leigh.

Bulls supporters have swelled away attendances this season with a crowd of 7,449 at Leigh and 6,346 at Featherstone and Batley are expecting another huge travelling contingent on Sunday.