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Kingstone Press Championship Round 23 – Dewsbury Rams 12-16 Batley Bulldogs

Batley got their first Heavy Woollen derby victory of the season at a great time. With Hunslet on a big slump at the moment and Doncaster looking down and out going into the Championship Shield, the victory gives Batley a boost going into the final seven games. Stephen Nash was sin-binned in the first talking point of the match on 21 minutes but the deadline was broken by the hosts a few minutes later. Dalton Grant touched down for the opener despite an high tackle from Johnny Campbell. The Batley full-back got a yellow card for his troubles, the game became 12v12 but Batley had the better of the final ten or so minutes. Alex Brown latched on to a cut out pass by Anthony Nicholson to get Batley on level terms, Scott Leatherbarrow converted well for a slender two point lead. The lead was doubled when Leatherbarrow slotted over a penalty goal with four minutes of the half remaining. Ten minutes into the second half came the equaliser for Dewsbury and it was that man Grant again with his second four pointer but the conversion was missed. Leatherbarrow regained Batley’s advantage with a penalty goal before Dewsbury welcomed in the final quarter with a Dale Morton try. A third missed conversion left the Rams two points up at 12-10 but Chris Ulugia, on his second appearance for the Bulldogs since he joined on loan from Bradford Bulls, scored the winning try with 11 minutes to go. Leatherbarrow’s conversion wasn’t successful but he made amends with a penalty goal to finish the game’s scoring off in the last few minutes.

Prediction – Dewsbury by 14

Result – Batley by 4

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