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It was the match of the B’s as fourth placed Batley Bulldogs faced a Bradford Bulls who finished the regular season in fifth as they met in the first Championship Play-off Eliminator at the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium at Mount Pleasant with a semi-final place on offer for the winners.

The Bulldogs are many people’s surprise package to be in the play-off but are good value after finishing the regular season in fourth place but the Bulls won the only meeting between the two sides earlier in the season as well as both meetings in the 2019 season.

Neither side came into the game on the back of good form, but the bookies made the Bulls slight favourites to make progress.

Kicking down the slope, Batley took the lead on five minutes after Tom Gilmore kicked a twenty-metre penalty after an error by Danny Brough. The Bulls went close on thirteen through Rhys Evans, but he was held up short by an enthusiastic Bulldogs defence.

A fantastic Gilmore 40-20 on fifteen took the home side to withing twelve of the Bulls line and on the second tackle Ben Kaye snatched the opening try of the game with a scoot from dummy half. Gilmore added the conversion to stretch the lead to eight points.

It was clear that Batley meant business and obvious that the Bulls didn’t deserve the favourites tag on the evidence of the opening twenty minutes.

A tip tackle gifted Gilmore another penalty goal on thirty-three as the Bulls tried desperately to force an error and get back into the game. Within a minute the Bulldogs were in again, this time Gilmore being on hand to take a pass in an acre of space and canter twenty metres to score by the right upright. The Bulldogs were easing towards a famous victory.

Batley came within a hairs breadth of opening their second half account within the first sixty seconds, but Jordan Lilley managed to pat the ball dead in touch.

George Flanagan went close for the Bulls on fifty-one as they started to get some possession inside the Batley twenty against a tiring defence. Two minutes later and the Bulls were in when Joe Brown finished of a run from Evans as he was on hand to take the pass twelve out and fend off the tackle of Greg Johnson to dove in at the corner. Danny Brough was unable to add the extras, the Bulls 4-16 behind.

On sixty-one Flanagan crashed the Batley line but excellent defence from an aggressive defence prevented him from grounding the ball. But on sixty-four Lilley pounced on a Brough grubber to take the ball one-handed and ground by the post pas. Brough added the goal to reduce the margin to just one converted try with fourteen minutes remaining.

The Bulls were now in the ascendancy against an increasingly tired Bulldogs.

Lucas Walshaw knocked on a Kear grubber to put the Bulldogs under even more pressure and on the second play of the resulting six the Bulls were held up over the line.

On seventy-three Elliot Hall calmed Batley nerves when he stumbled out of a Kear tackle and managed to get the ball onto the line for the third Bulldogs try of the game. Gilmore converted from the touchline for a 22-10 lead, Batley easing into next week’s elimination semi-finals.

Gilmore added a drop goal on seventy-seven to seal the win as the Bulls heads dropped, realising it was now too far for them to battle back.

The Bulls ended a season which started with so much hope, on the back of four consecutive losses while the Batley Bulldogs progress on to next week and a game against either Toulouse Olympique or Featherstone Rovers for a place in the Million Pound Game and promotion to Super League. Batley are likely to be the rank outsiders for the spot in the top level, but no-one can take anything away from a brilliant performance in eliminating the Bradford Bulls.

Batley Bulldogs:  Hooley, Campbell, Morton, Buchanan, Johnson, White, Gilmore (T, 5G), Brown, Kaye (T), Blagbrough, Walshaw, Manning, Flynn. Subs: Leak, Ward, Lillycrop, Hall (T).

Bradford Bulls: Kear, Brown (T), Evans, Oakes, Foggin-Johnson, Brough (G), Lilley (T), Evans, Doyle, Crossley, Rooks, Murphy, Hallas. Subs:  Flanagan, Walker, Scurr, Fleming.

Half-Time: 16-0.

Full-Time: 22-10.

Referee:  James Child.

Score Progression: 2-0, 6-0, 8-0, 10-0, 14-0, 16-0 : HT : 16-4, 16-8, 16-10, 20-10, 22-10 : FT.




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Thu 11th Aug
SL
LIVE

20:00
Warrington32-18Toulouse
Fri 12th Aug
SL RND: 23
20:00
Hull KR-Leeds
Sat 13th Aug
SL RND: 23
13:00
Salford-Huddersfield
Mon 15th Aug
CH RND: 23
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York-Bradford
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SL RND: 24
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Fri 19th Aug
SLRND: 24
20:00
Hull FC-Wakefield
Wed 24th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Leeds-Huddersfield
Thu 25th Aug
SL RND: 25
19:30
Toulouse-Catalans
Fri 26th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Wigan-St.Helens
Sat 15th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
England-SAM
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Australia-Fiji
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WC2022 RND: 1
17:00
JAM-IRE
WC2022 RND: 1
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WC2022 RND: 1
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WC2022 RND: 1
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France-Greece
Tue 18th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
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WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
WAL-Cook I
Fri 21st Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
Australia-SCO
Sat 22nd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Fiji-ITA
WC2022 RND: 2
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England-France
Thu 11th Aug
SL RND: 23 Warrington32-18Toulouse
NRL RND: 22 Penrith0-16Melbourne
Sun 7th Aug
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SL RND: 22 Leeds34-14Salford
SLRND: 22 Wakefield16-20Catalans
CH RND: 22 Bradford48-18Workington
CH RND: 22 Dewsbury10-22York
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CH RND: 22 Halifax34-18Batley
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L1 RND: 18 Midlands36-41Oldham
L1 RND: 18 Swinton22-26Keighley
NRL RND: 21 Canterbury14-28NQL Cowboys
NRL RND: 21 Wests10-14Newcastle
Sat 6th Aug
L1 RND: 18 LondonS68-18West Wales
NRL RND: 21 Souths48-10NZ Warriors
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Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 23
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Leigh 22 982 188 794 42
Featherstone 22 834 380 454 37
Halifax 22 669 358 311 32
Batley 22 638 395 243 32
York 22 539 434 105 30
Barrow 22 569 483 86 29
 
Sheffield 22 579 536 43 20
Widnes 22 492 553 -61 20
Bradford 22 457 544 -87 20
Newcastle 22 497 649 -152 15
LondonB 22 434 580 -146 13
Whitehaven 22 356 774 -418 11
Dewsbury 22 285 776 -491 5
Workington 22 232 913 -681 2
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Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 19
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Keighley 15 669 118 551 30
Crusaders 17 640 308 332 28
Swinton 16 605 263 342 24
Doncaster 16 548 326 222 24
Rochdale 16 588 409 179 22
Hunslet 16 445 364 81 17
 
Oldham 16 443 455 -12 11
LondonS 16 356 579 -223 10
Midlands 16 416 576 -160 8
Cornwall 17 248 716 -468 2
West Wales 17 144 988 -844 2
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Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 23
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St.Helens 22 512 276 236 36
Wigan 22 648 395 253 32
Huddersfield 22 493 386 107 29
Catalans 22 457 369 88 28
Castleford 22 479 494 -15 22
Leeds 22 475 436 39 21
 
Salford 22 529 512 17 20
Hull FC 22 424 513 -89 20
Hull KR 22 386 492 -106 20
Warrington 23 464 569 -105 16
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