Hon­our in de­feat as Bat­ley push big-spend­ing Wolf­pack all way

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

BAT­LEY BULL­DOGS pro­duced a ter­rific ef­fort as they came close to pulling off an up­set against Bet­fred Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Toronto Wolf­pack.

The Bull­dogs de­servedly led 12-6 at half-time hav­ing pro­duced some of their best rugby of the sea­son but even­tu­ally slipped to a 26-18 de­feat against the bigspend­ing Cana­dian out­fit.

The Bull­dogs were bril­liantly led by a huge ef­fort from their pack with props Alex Rowe and Tommy Hol­land driv­ing them for­ward in the early stages.

Toronto struck with an eighth minute try as Liam Kay burst up the left touch­line but was bril­liantly hauled down short by full­back Dave Scott.

Toronto moved play back to the left two tack­les later and stand­off Josh McCrone stretched over a try which Ryan Bri­er­ley con­verted.

Bat­ley hit back and the pres­sure even­tu­ally told as Patch Walker pro­duced a neat kick to the in goal area and James Har­ri­son pounced to score, with Walker con­vert­ing.

And the hosts scored an­other with a ter­rific in­di­vid­ual try in the fi­nal sec­onds of the first half.

Reit­tie in­ter­cepted a Toronto pass and jug­gled the ball be­fore rac­ing down field and he out­paced Kay and Bri­er­ley on a su­perb 80-me­tre run to the line.

Reit­tie dived over for a spec­tac­u­lar try but was in­jured in the process and re­ceived lengthy treat­ment in the right cor­ner as the hooter sounded.

Walker landed a su­perb touch­line goal and the Bull­dogs left the field to a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore Reit­tie was helped from the field with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der.

Bat­ley were starved of pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods of the sec­ond half and Toronto full-back Gareth O’Brien went on to turn the game with an 11-minute hat-trick, with Bri­er­ley con­vert­ing one.

Jack Bussey’s try, which Bri­er­ley con­verted, made sure of the win, but Bat­ley bat­tled on and were re­warded with a last-minute con­so­la­tion try.

Michael Ward bounced off a tackle and did well to keep the ball alive as they moved left for Brad Day to race through and score a try Walker im­proved.

PATCH WALKER: Kicked three goals in Bat­ley’s home de­feat by big-spend­ing Toronto.

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