Batley Bulldogs came out second best on a day where Featherstone took the chances that Batley left out to run in 32 – 6 winners. Batley put on a spirited performance in the opening stages of the game, but after they failed to cross the try line even after a Featherstone player was sin binned, they appeared to lose heart, and Dom Brambanis try on his 300th appearance would remain the only positive note for the Bulldogs on this occasion as Rovers took control. Featherstone have now got off to the perfect start to the season with 3 wins in 3 games, but its still early days…
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Batley Bulldogs – Featherstone Rovers
6 - 32
3. Match Day
19. February 2017, 15:00
Foxes Biscuits Stadium
So Batley have lost two games already, and dreams that we might carry on in this season as we finished last year don’t seem to be on anymore. But were they ever on from the beginning, or was it just wishful thinking from the start?
At the end of last season we lost our iconic coach John Kear to Wakefield – a man who is a legend in his own right, a man with experience of coaching that stretches back to 1992, a man who has won the Challenge Cup against the odds. But even John had a few hard years at Batley before success set in. It is not that long ago that certain factions in Batley were baying for his blood.
We have swapped this icon for Matt Diskin, a well known character in the Rugby League world yes, a character who has seen success as a player, but one who has no experience in coaching. He has taken over a settled team, but a team that was set in the John Kear ways, playing a conservative Rugby League. Matt wants to change this and play a more expansive, attractive form of Rugby.
And we expect all this to happen overnight?
I fear not. Matt needs time to make these changes, the team needs time to understand what their coach wants. Anyone who has seen this before, whether it be in Rugby League, or in other sports such as football, will know that it takes time. The players are set in their ways, its never easy to change. Anyone who has ever changed their job knows that. But change they will. It may take a few months, but I believe that it will be ultimately worth the wait. So let’s give Matt Diskin the room to achieve the transition and not get on his back.
We owe him that much