TYLER DICKINSON says that there is plenty more to come from himself and Batley Bulldogs after claiming bragging rights in the Boxing Day derby.
Batley led 10-0 at the break and held off a late Dewsbury Rams fightback to secure a 16-10 victory and retain the Roy Powell Trophy.
Dickinson joined the club from Huddersfield Giants in the off-season and made his debut on Wednesday, and he says there were plenty of positives to take out of the team’s performance.
“In the first half we were really good,” said the forward. “I think the shapes that we put together with the ball, and especially our defence, was probably one of the best (performances) I’ve played in in the last year.
“The defence was consistent all game, the line speed was good, restricting their metres, and the field position we played really well throughout the game, but in the second half we didn’t play as much with the ball and didn’t look as confident, and we made too many errors.
“For myself I thought I went alright, for my first run out of the season my lungs held up pretty well!
“I thought my carries were pretty good to be fair, I won the floor, and hopefully I showed the Batley fans a little bit of what I can do and I reckon it’s a good performance to build on.”
Dickinson says that half-back pair Dom Brambani and Louis Jouffret have helped him settle into his role on the pitch.
“We’ve been training since November 5, so we’ve had plenty of time to get used to the shapes and systems,” he said.
“The half-backs, Dom and Louis, command the game and never stop talking, so it makes my job pretty easy because they’re always telling me what to do.”
The rest of the Bulldogs’ pre-season schedule will be taken up by the resurrected Yorkshire Cup, with the team taking on Hunslet in the opening round of the competition at Odsal on January 6.
Dickinson hopes the team use the opportunity to lay down a marker.
“We’re playing competitive games throughout pre-season, which then gets you used to the pace of what’s going to come in the season in the Championship,” he said.
“So I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can win it. I think that’s got to be the goal, and if we can win it, it sends out a message to everyone else.”