Kear happy with Bulldogs effort after comeback win

Former Bulldogs duo VinnyFinigan and Danny Maun attempt to halt a run from Batley's Sam Scott during last Sunday's Championship derby.
Former Bulldogs duo VinnyFinigan and Danny Maun attempt to halt a run from Batley's Sam Scott during last Sunday's Championship derby.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear was happy with the way his side fought back from 14-8 down to register a second straight Kingstone Press Championship win.

The Bulldogs ground out a 26-14 victory at Hunslet Hawks and sit pretty at the top of the Championship on points difference from Leigh and Featherstone, who have also won both opening games.

Kear said: “I was very happy with the whole approach of the team.

“It is not an easy place to come, Hunslet will have felt it was a winnable game and they were up for it after a very good performance against Featherstone last Monday.

“The wind and the rain and the heavy conditions made it a bit of a slog, but credit to the players, we realised it was going to be an 80-minute arm wrestle.

“That’s what it was and fortunately for us we came out on top.”

Kear added: “It was 12-4 and the players kept their composure, work rate, focus and intensity and turned it around.

“It was 22-2 after that, so it’s credit to them for how they turned it around with their performance.”

Kear was again full of praise for half-back pairing Cain Southernwood and Scott Leatherbarrow, while also giving credit to full-back James Craven, who had an impressive try and scored a fine individual try in the first half.

Shaun Squires was also among the Bulldogs scorers, as the former Shaw Cross Sharks amateur took his tally to five tries in two matches.

Newly-promoted Hunslet have lost their opening two games, having they were beaten 28-14 at Featherstone the previous Monday.

However, Hawks coach and former Bulldogs favourite Barry Eaton believes his side are close turning the corner and collecting a first win.

Eaton said: “We let some things affect us, some questionable stuff that happened out there, some decisions that were 50-50.

“I’m not saying the referee got it wrong, but some of those 50-50s that we felt should have gone our way and didn’t, we let it get under our skin a little bit.

“We lost a bit of focus and some composure. We let Batley’s tactics affect us, instead of getting round it.

“It is only round two, but we need to learn how to deal with that side of the game.

“Batley came with a simple game plan and just got the better of us.

“We are competing and we are pleased with that, the effort’s really good and the attitude’s first class.

“We are going to have to be a little bit smarter to be able to win some games.

“We’re not far away, it could all fall into place, but there’s some areas of the game where we’ve got to be a bit better.”

The Hawks welcome Dewsbury Rams to South Leeds Stadium on Sunday.