BRILLIANT BULLDOGS TAKE GOOD FRIDAY SPOILS

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An incredible team performance from Matt Diskin’s men saw them take the points away at Dewsbury Rams despite playing an hour with 12 men, and a spell with 11 following a Sin Binning on 32 minutes.

After going 8-0 behind and reduced to 11, the visitors hit back through Alistair Leak to go in just 2 points behind at the break.
Outstanding defence throughout the second half meant the hosts wouldn’t add another point and tries from Joe Taira and James Brown gave The Bulldogs a fully deserved victory.

Highlights below.

OUTSTANDING BULLDOGS SEE OFF VIKINGS

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A Dave Scott penalty 6 minutes from time clinched the points in a thrilling encounter at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, capping an outstanding performance from Matt Diskin’s Bulldogs

Full report to follow.

BULLDOGS 62-6 LOCK LANE

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The Bulldogs ran out 62-6 winners over an impressive Lock Lane side in the Coral Challenge Cup.

Full report to follow.

Challenge from The Lane

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We’re delighted to welcome National Conference Premier Division Lock Lane to The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium this Sunday, in Round 4 of The Coral Challenge Cup. Amongst their ranks will be former Bulldogs Sean Hesketh and Danny Sowerby, making a return to the famous slope.

Lock Lane make their 20th appearance at the professional stage of the Challenge Cup since forming the club in 1938.
A 37-18 victory over former League 1 side Oxford is their only success over professional opposition but they have managed several notable performances in that period.
Probably the most famous performances were a 14-10 defeat, after leading at halftime, to Huddersfield in 1970 followed by a late revival 26-16 from a strong Doncaster outfit in 2002. Lock Lane hold the amateur record for the most consecutive appearances at the pro stage as they managed to qualify 8 times from 1995-2002.

During one of these appearances in 1999,  the Lane played the Bulldogs at Batley, and an assured 1st half display saw the home side ease through to the 4th round by 40-10.

Admission this Sunday is £10 Adults, £3 Juniors, with Junior season tickets valid on the day.

TORONTO 34-12 BULLDOGS

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A spirited Batley performance wasn’t enough to overcome a powerful Toronto Wolfpack team after losing 36 – 12 at the KCOM Stadium.

McDermott’s men were soon to open the scoring on the 5th minute as Matty Russell crossed across the line for the 4 pointer. O’Brien couldn’t convert.

Andrew Dixon extended the lead further, coming from a left and right step to dive in. O’Brien this time made the conversion to see the gap become 10 – 0.

Batley did find a chance to slip through a tough opponents defence though as Dane Manning linked up with a combination move to David Scott for a chasing run from halfway to score at the side of the sticks. Scott placed over the extras. Toronto 10 – 6 Batley.

Four more tries did answer back to the one solo Batley try in the first half seeing, Jack Logan, Ricky Leutele (2) and Matty Russell all scoring. O’Brien couldn’t convert the first two, with Ryan Brierley placing over the last.

The whistle blew signalling half-time as Batley trailed 28 – 6.

Once again minutes back into the game Jon Wilkin for the Wolfpack darted over the line. O’Brien added the extras.

Louis Joufrett scored the final try of the evening, collecting a well placed kick to storm through. David Scott converted with just a few ticks left on clock .

Toronto Wolfpack 34 – 12 Batley Bulldogs

 

Bulldogs Home Challenge Cup Draw

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The Bulldogs will face Lock Lane at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in the Coral Challenge Cup Fourth Round, after the draw took place this evening at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.

Former Bradford Bulls Captain and Lance Todd Trophy winner Robbie Hunter-Paul was joined by Simon Foster, son of Bradford Northern Rugby League legend Trevor Foster to conduct the draw, and Bradford Bulls were handed a West Yorkshire derby draw against League 1 side Keighley Cougars

NCL Division 1 side Featherstone Lions, the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition, were rewarded for their efforts so far with a home tie against League 1’s Doncaster RLFC.

In a battle of the Crusaders, Thatto Heath – who produced a valiant display against Rochdale Mayfield live on BBC Sport last Saturday – will host North Wales Crusaders.

Sheffield Eagles v Leigh Centurions is one of three all-Championship ties in Round Four which also sees Cumbrian side Barrow Raiders welcome York City Knights and Featherstone Rovers face Swinton Lions.

The winners of the third round tie between Workington Town and Siddal, which was postponed on Sunday and has been rearranged for next Sunday, March 17, will be at home to Newcastle Thunder.

The Coral Challenge Cup fourth round ties will be played over the weekend of March 30-31. One fixture will be selected for live streaming on the BBC Sport website and one fixture will be shown live on the Our League app and website. The selected fixtures will be announced this week.

Following the Challenge Cup draw, the first-round draw of the 1895 Cup took place. The newly introduced competition provides non-Betfred Super League clubs an extra opportunity to play on the hallowed Wembley turf.

Eight League 1 sides entered the competition at this stage, with the 12 English Betfred Championship teams joining the four winners in the second round in June.

Keighley have a tricky trip to Newcastle Thunder, while two clubs who have won the Challenge Cup at Wembley in the distant past, Hunslet and Workington Town, will face each other in Leeds.

Workington’s West Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven also have an away tie, against Oldham, while West Wales Raiders face an even longer trip to face Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The ties will be played on the weekend of May 4-5, with one of them to be streamed live on Our League.

Join the #RLCupFinalReunion

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The Rugby Football League are inviting anyone who has played in a Challenge Cup Final to join the #RLCupFinalReunion at Wembley this August.

And the invitation to attend Coral Challenge Cup Final day will also be extended to all members of the Rugby League Lions Association, to mark the 2019 return of Great Britain to international Rugby League.

Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the RFL, explained: “The Challenge Cup Final has traditionally been about much more than the finalists themselves, and in 2019 we want Wembley to stage a real celebration of the game.

“The introduction of the 1895 Cup means that we will now have four teams involved on the day, with the guarantee that two non-Super League clubs will make it to Wembley – and we’ll have three matches on the hallowed turf, with the traditional schoolboys curtain-raiser in the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match.

“We were also delighted to invite Taylor Prescott to deliver the match ball for the Coral Challenge Cup Final on behalf of the Steve Prescott Foundation which continues to raise funds on behalf of his father.

“And we hope this invitation to anyone who has played in a Challenge Cup Final will also prove popular with the hundreds of players who have created so many great Rugby League occasions and memories.

“Given last week’s confirmation of the return of Great Britain in the four-match tour later this year, we wanted to extend that invitation to our Rugby League Lions – and we hope that as many of them as possible will be able to join us at Wembley in August.”

The RFL therefore invites all Rugby League Lions and Challenge Cup finalists to email reunion@rfl.co.uk with details of their eligibility for two complimentary tickets in Club Wembley, with exclusive access to the Three Lions Bar for the day.

The RSVP deadline is July 31 – four days after the triple-header at the University of Bolton Stadium featuring the Coral Challenge Cup semi finals and the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.

The Road to Wembley continues tonight (Tuesday) at Odsal, with the Fourth Round draw for the Coral Challenge Cup – when the Betfred Championship clubs enter the competition – and the First Round draw for the 1895 Cup, including eight clubs from Betfred League One. Coverage starts on BBC Online at 6pm, with the 1895 Cup draw on the RFL Facebook account.

Bulldogs 6-16 Bulls

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The Bulldogs were unable to turn around a 0-16 Half Time deficit against John Kear’s Bradford Bulls, going down 6-16 in frezing conditions at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium

Match report to follow

1895 Cup First Round Draw Details

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The draw for the first round of the 1895 Cup will take place next Tuesday, March 12th at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, following the Coral Challenge Cup fourth round draw.

Taking place for the first time in 2019, the 1895 Cup guarantees two non Super League clubs and their supporters the chance to experience the magic of Wembley, adding to the occasion of the Coral Challenge Cup Final day as fans from across the sport come together to celebrate Rugby League.

Eight Betfred League One clubs will feature in the First Round draw next Tuesday and their draw ball numbers will be as follows:

  1. Doncaster
  2. Hunslet
  3. Keighley Cougars
  4. Newcastle Thunder
  5. Oldham
  6. West Wales Raiders
  7. Whitehaven
  8. Workington Town

The four winners from Round One will then be joined by the 12 English Betfred Championship clubs (Barrow Raiders, Batley Bulldogs, Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Rams, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh Centurions, Rochdale Hornets, Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights) in the Second Round Draw.

1895 Cup Rounds are scheduled as follows:

Round One – weekend of May 3-5

Round Two – midweek ties w/c June 3 (Clubs will be allowed to schedule their ties for the weekend of June 1-2if neither have reached the quarter finals of the Coral Challenge Cup).

Quarter-Finals – mid-week w/c June 24

Semi-Finals – will be played on Sunday, July 28 (unless any of the teams have also qualified for the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup. In the case of a team qualifying for the semi finals of the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup, their semi final will be put back to either Tuesday July 30 or Wednesday July 31).

The 1895 Cup Final will take place on Saturday, August 24 following the Coral Challenge Cup final, which kicks off at 3pm.

One game per round of the 1895 Cup will be selected for live streaming via the Our League app and website with further broadcast negotiations ongoing and to be confirmed and announced in the near future. Details of selected games will be announced in due course.

Tickets for the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup Final and 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 24 can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets

BULLDOGS OFF THE MARK

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The Bulldogs picked up their first win of the campaign, thanks to tries from Lewis Galbraith (2) and Wayne Reittie, in a scrappy encounter against Rochdale Hornets.

Match Report by Luke Winner.

Matt Diskins side recorded their first win in the Betfred Championship as they faced off Rochdale Hornets in a 18 – 12 win

It was a good first showing from the Bulldogs as they marched their way straight up the hill from kick off. Former Hornets player Lewis Galbraith was the first player to score, with some smart play along the edge placing him over in the corner. David Scott didn’t miss the kick.

Lewis Galbraith showed no sign of slowing down soon as he quickly snapped up a brace, seeing the ball being shipped right to left for a stunning finish on the line. David Scott once again converted.

Rochdale did manage to get on the scoresheet before the first half was called with Adam Lawton making his way across following on from a penalty leaked during a breakdown in the middle. Daniel Abram converted.

HALF-TIME sounded and Batley held a lead of 12 – 6 against the Hornets.

Batley extended their lead further in the second half ensuring that the hosts needed at least one try and two conversions to make the scores level. David Scott added the penalty goal from in front.

Diskins men were soon to add more points on their tally as Dominic Brambani placed a kick near the corner that had seen Alistair Leak being the quickest to the ball, passing out to Sam Wood who created the overlap for Wayne Reittie to race over. David Scott couldn’t convert.

Rochdale had the last say during the second half, with a quick succession of sets placing them in great field position. Lee Mitchell was the player score for the visitors. Daniel Abram converted.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 12 Rochdale Hornets

Batley Xlll – David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Wood, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Danny Yates, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Tony Everett, Dane Manning, Jack Downs and James Brown.

Interchange – Tom Hemmingway, Joe Taira, Tom Lilleycrop and Lewis Bienek

Rochdale Xlll – Daniel Abram, Shaun Ainscough, Shaun Case, Patrick Flynn, Brandon Wood, Tyler Whittaker, Stuart Howarth, Carl Forester, Scott Moore, Sitaleki Akoula, Michael Wheldon, Lee Mitchel and Matthew Davis.

Interchange – Patrick Moran, Adam Lawton, Liam Carberry, Ellis Gillam.