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Match Report: Batley Bulldogs 22-10 Dewsbury Rams


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#1 Chairman LMAO

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:36 PM

The Bulldogs powered home with a decisive final quarter of the game to beat the Dewsbury Rams 22-10 in the latest instalment of the Heavy Woollen derby series at the Loverugbyleague.com Stadium.

BATLEY BULLDOGS 22-10 DEWSBURY RAMS
by Mark Ward

Kingstone Press Championship, Loverugbyleague.com Stadium, 2 June 2013

As Heavy Woollen derbies go, this afternoon's clash at a balmy Loverugbyleague.com Stadium is not destined to be marked down as a classic, as both defences dominated in a rather dour encounter. However, from the Bulldogs' perspective, they were able to draw positives from the fact that they controlled vast swathes of the match, and had enough firepower in the final quarter of the game to comfortably despatch their rivals, with both Greg Johnson and Liam Walmsley particularly impressive for the hosts. For their part, Dewsbury defended manfully, particularly when under the cosh, but were found wanting in the final quarter of an hour when they conceded three tries but at least managed to hang on for a bonus point.

The first half was an interesting watch; high on endeavour, low on creativity and two granite-like defences refusing to yield in the afternoon sun. The hosts thought they had opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Gareth Moore's angular kick was gathered in by Johnson on the wing, but the effort was ruled out due to the Bulldogs' winger's trangression into an offside position. Then, on 21 minutes, Alex Bretherton's crushing tackle on Tom Lillycrop resulted in the ball being coughed up. From the first tackle of the resultant set, Johnson bounced through a static (and in truth, overworked) Dewsbury defensive line to score under the sticks, ably converted by Tom Hemingway to give the 'Dogs a 6-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs continued to outperform the visitors, but not for the first time this season, failed to display the necessary guile to unlock the Dewsbury defence and the remainder of the half stayed scoreless.

HALF-TIME: BATLEY BULLDOGS 6-0 DEWSBURY RAMS
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Once again, the hosts looked the more dangerous after the break - on 51 minutes, Moore took the ball off Ayden Faal in goal to touch down, but Mr Merrick deemed that the tackle on Faal had been completed and the try was chalked off, then four minutes later, with the Bulldogs threatening Ben Black threw out a loose pass which Johnson failed to meet and went into touch.

One felt a try had to come, and on 59 minutes it did, but it was the Rams who scored against the run of play. A simple kick from Bobbie Goulding allowed Dale Morton in at the corner, and Goulding's towering touchline conversion brought the scores level. Despite pulling the scores level, it was clear that the Rams' first-half defensive stint had sapped their energy reserves and so it proved in the latter stages of the game as the Bulldogs pushed on in search of an important three points. Just as the hosts started to show signs of frustration, the breakthrough arrived on 67 minutes when Moore's bullet pass allowed Johnson a straight run at the line to score his second try of the afternoon, but Moore failed to tag on the extras with a tough touchline assignment.

Three minutes later, the hosts were in again - Black dissecting the Rams defence allowing the excellent Walmsley the opportunity to score. Moore's conversion made it 16-6, and the Bulldogs sensed that they may be able to deprive their opponents of a bonus point. On 74 minutes, that opportunity became a distinct reality when Moore's devastating turn of pace left the Dewsbury defensive line for dead and the diminutive scrum-half converted his own score for a 22-6 lead. Fortunately for the Rams, Bulldogs prop Alex Rowe had a rush of blood on 76 minutes and threw a loose pass which Jonathan Schofield intercepted and ran in to reduce the arrears to 22-10. Goulding failed with the conversion, but the visitors held on to at least salvage a bonus point.

All in all, a fairly dour derby, but once again John Kear's side secured three points without playing to their full potential, which is a positive sign.

BATLEY BULLDOGS: 2 Potts, 5 Campbell, 3 Walton, 20 Faal, 21 G. Johnson, 23 Hemingway, 7 Moore, 8 Smith, 14 Flanagan, 27 J. Johnson, 11 Bretherton, 17 Walmsley, 13 Lindsay. Interchange: 6 Black, 9 Mennell, 15 Hirst, 19 Rowe.

T: G. Johnson 2, Walmsley, Moore

G: Hemingway, Moore 2

DEWSBURY RAMS: 26 Pryce, 2 Morton, 4 Scott, 30 Watkinson, 1 Craven, 31 Hyde, 27 Goulding, 25 Nash, 17 Schofield, 16 Hepworth, 3 Hale, 33 Olbison, 13 Gallagher. Interchange: 6 Brown, 8 Lillycrop, 14 Tebb, 32 Aizue.

T: Morton, Schofield

G: Goulding

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, HT, 6-6, 10-6, 16-6, 22-6, 22-10

REFEREE: Dave Merrick

MAN OF THE MATCH: Liam Walmsley (Batley Bulldogs) - another all-action performance rounded off with an excellent try.

#2 fredm

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:07 PM

Well at least you have made the report make it look a reasonable exhibition. As you say, we are completely incapable of capitalising on pressure in the opposition 20 metre zone. How many times were we there with several tackles in hand and seemingly having no idea how to break through? We keep turning the ball back inside, do one man runs or try to scoot over from dummy half and every team easily nullifies this.

We have possibly 3 of the fastest backs in the division, yet how often do we get the ball to them, except when they are taking it up on the first three tackles?

And why do we insist on going to our left side virtually every time when we have the play in the centre of the park? Johnny C was doing his nut at the lack of ball coming his way.

#3 Chairman LMAO

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:14 PM

I think it would be fair to say we are quite predictable at the moment!

We do seem to keep winning without playing well though. If we hit some sort of form, we'll take some stopping. We've stayed close to all the big guns without playing really well for ages.

#4 fredm

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:19 PM

But are we capable of hitting better form than we have shown?

How many games have we got into good field position but not had the nous to get over the whitewash?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:21 PM

But are we capable of hitting better form than we have shown?

THAT is the $64,000 question. I'm not sure about the answer though!

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 09:17 PM

Thanks for the report Mark.Sheffield on the twentieth of this month will be a good pointer for where the Dogs are at.Just hope they can put Sheffield away this time and march on from there.I think the game is televised so will be up early for that.

#7 Bat Lad

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:30 AM

Well Sheffield struggled at Barrow so .....

Credit to the rams defence in the first half, their attack was quite limp though.

Johnson looking dangerous everytime he gets the ball but I do get frustrated with George and Mennel trying to burrow over near the line, hardly ever works so why not ship it out to the wing's were we are a real threat, not bad though to win in second gear !!!!


Edited by Bat Lad, 03 June 2013 - 05:31 AM.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:30 AM

A fair report in general, although it makes it seem more exciting than it really was. As many others have this season you refer to Batley not playing to their full potential - we can all say that about our sides but was this performance actually any worse than the majority by the dogs this season?

 

Johnson's "try" was disallowed because he was standing in touch when he forced the ball down, by the way, not for offside. HTH.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:00 PM

At least the rams do not need to worry about Batley taking any players at the end of the season as there is none worth having

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:11 PM

Dreadful performance yet again, we have no idea in the final third of the field, and seem happy to grind out the result week in week out, yet as shown again in the last 20 minutes, when we throw the ball about we look dangerous.

Becoming fed up with the one man rugby we have reverted back to again this year, defence is still looking good, but its about time Mr Kear started working on our play in the oppositions 20 and at least get some set moves in place, as its woeful at the minute - in Campbell, Potts, Greenwood when fit and Johnson we have one of the fastest back lines in the division, but unless they come looking for the ball they never get it - what a waste of the pace we have.

Some people seem quite happy with the "we are winning without playing well" mentality, but surely we need to start to show signs we can improve as we wont beat any of the top 4 clubs playing like this.
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:00 PM

Agree totally BTJ, we are very very predictable. And for the first time for a long time BOO's were coming out from the Nine 'oyl. We had 5 goes from acting half back and 2 of the fastest wingers screaming for the ball. You should have heard JC he was going mental, and rightly so.

 

 

Dreadful performance yet again, we have no idea in the final third of the field, and seem happy to grind out the result week in week out, yet as shown again in the last 20 minutes, when we throw the ball about we look dangerous.

Becoming fed up with the one man rugby we have reverted back to again this year, defence is still looking good, but its about time Mr Kear started working on our play in the oppositions 20 and at least get some set moves in place, as its woeful at the minute - in Campbell, Potts, Greenwood when fit and Johnson we have one of the fastest back lines in the division, but unless they come looking for the ball they never get it - what a waste of the pace we have.

Some people seem quite happy with the "we are winning without playing well" mentality, but surely we need to start to show signs we can improve as we wont beat any of the top 4 clubs playing like this.


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