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Match Report: Batley Bulldogs 29-20 Keighley Cougars

Batley Bulldogs Keighley Cougars Championship

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#1 Chairman LMAO

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:00 PM


#2 distantdog

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:14 PM

As usual a good report Chairman. I think that there are encouraging signs that we are improving. We were pretty good in the forwards but yet again lacked composure in the backs, which alongside our poor handling really held us back this afternoon. Leatherbarrow desperately needs a strong partner alongside him and I am hopeful that Brown will provide him with the time and structure to allow him to show his undoubted skills. 

Brown showed us what we all know he has, a strong kicking game and a structured approach to the game. Greenwood was, as usual, excellent and Paterson is really playing well. I am hopeful that this group of players can stay together long enough to develop and improve, as currently with all of the new faces, we are really disjointed and lack any kind of coherence.


Bottom line is though, a win is a win and the table is beginning to take shape.

#3 Chairman LMAO

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:18 PM

Not many better players than Greenwood in the division at the minute. Pato might be a controversial choice as MoM, but he was really involved in getting us back in the game and he has been one of our most consistent performers. Thought he deserved it today, but Brown, Greenwood and Trout all showed up well today and both Blackmore and Fairbank are starting to gel well too.

I'm optimistic about Friday.

#4 frank

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

Thanks for the report Mark.Much closer than I thought it would be.

#5 buford t justice

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:17 PM

Huffed and puffed but got there.

Not sure why we only had one hooker.

On the occasions we played rugby, offloaded and passed the ball we scored tries - then the other 75% we played dull one man stuff and let Keighley into the game.

Brown(Simon) was quietly effective, led the side and showed common sense with the one pointer when all around him wanted to drive over the line.

Will JK ever learn and abandon his mad one man rugby philosophy? We are potentially rather good at passing the ball if he does.
What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law

#6 frank

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 11:45 PM

Obviously this one man rugby has crept in from the NRL, it is very boring to watch and results in stacks of injuries though gang tackles.League is a great game to watch when the ball is moved about.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 07:27 AM

The annoying thing about it is that the opposition know that it is not going to be passed out so 3 or maybe 4 defenders can hit the ball carrier without any fear of the pass being made and space left for the attacking side to utilise.  If the defence are in two minds about what you are going to do with the ball, then they will tend to hang back a bit to see what develops which gives the attacker a bit more room.