The whole town is buzzing after the Bulldogs went to Headingley to play the treble winners Leeds and come away with a 32 – 0 defeat. But the scoreline does not tell the story of this match, as the part timers from Batley put in a sterling effort to thwart the Leeds attack and reduce them to 6 tries, and it took big efforts from such names as Briscoe, Watkins, Hall and Burrow to break the Batley line.
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I thought they were outstanding. Brian McDermott
The knowlegable fans from the Leeds South Stand, recognising the effort of the Bulldogs, cheered them off at the end with chants of “Batley Batley”
— Bantam Pete (@BantamPete) September 9, 2016
We’ve come here to the treble winners of last year, and we’ve challenged them. John Kear
Batley Bulldogs did their town proud last night at Headingley.
Both the players and supporters were outstanding. pic.twitter.com/x4eihKjloD
— Paul Butterfield (@PaulPhotohawk1) September 10, 2016
And that’s another reason I’m so pleased. We played sunday and played again friday, a part time team, and at times we looked very tired, but they just showed heart and commitment to come through the other side of that fatigue. Jon Kear
Leeds Rhinos – Batley Bulldogs
32 - 0
5. Match Day
9. September 2016, 20:00
Don’t want to in any way sound patronising but I’ve rarely seen such effort, grit and determination from a team nilled as I saw last night. Brilliant effort from the team. Might be a Whino but I loved the Batley attitude and class from you fans. A Leeds Fan on Facebook
Scorers Leeds Rhinos
Tries: Briscoe, Watkins 2, Hall 2, Burrow
Goals: Lilley 4.
Scorers Batley Bulldogs
Match Official: Joe Cobb
We accuse ourselves of bring a bit off, a big clunky and a bit frustrating, certainly attacking their tryline but when you’re making errors and there’s a load of Batley shirts in front of you, you know with not dropping the ball over the tryline when the tryline was beckoning, it was usually because they put us under pressure. and they never really dropped off. Brian McDermott