Crookes’s tre­ble as Bat­ley stun French

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Bat­ley Bulldogs pro­duced their best per­for­mance of the sea­son to in­flict a crush­ing 46-22 de­feat on full-time op­po­nents Toulouse Olympique.

The Bulldogs fell be­hind to Bastien Ader’s try, which Mark Kheiral­lah con­verted for the French side.

But Bat­ley hit back bril­liantly as Dane Man­ning fed Lewis Gal­braith and he drove for the line. The ball came loose and Jason Crookes scooped it up to score wide out.

Hooker Alis­tair Leak darted over from acting half-back and Izaac Farrell con­verted be­fore Toulouse drew level with Ader’s sec­ond try.

Crookes got his sec­ond try and Izaac Farrell con­verted be­fore Shaun Ain­scough went over in the cor­ner as Bat­ley led 20-10 at half-time.

The Bulldogs added a fifth try six min­utes af­ter the re-start when Michael Ward col­lected Leak’s short pass and crashed be­tween the posts, with Izaac Farrell again con­vert­ing.

Toulouse’s Kheiral­lah re­duced the ar­rears with a try, but Bat­ley upped the tempo and pro­duced some cham­pagne rugby in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Brad Day crossed, Farrell con­verted and ham­mered over a penalty goal soon af­ter to ex­tend their lead.

Wil­liam Barthau’s try nar­rowed the gap again, but Crookes com­pleted his hat-trick and his kick set up day with Izaac Farrell con­vert­ing both to take his match tally to seven goals.

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