Cup draw brings Leigh to Batley

Cup draw brings Leigh to Batley

BATLEY boss Matt Diskin believes the Bulldogs’ clash with Leigh in the Challenge Cup will be the tie of the round.

Diskin’s men will take on the Centurions at Mount Pleasant in an all-Championship clash on the weekend of March 17 and 18 – and he reckons it should be selected for live TV coverage.

“For anybody looking at it, it is the tie of the round and it should make for great television viewing,” said Diskin. 

“Leigh are a big team, they have not started the season how they probably would have liked. 

“They beat us at their place, the scoreline was convincing but I don’t think the actual game was. 

“We were unlucky in some departments but we would like to think we could give them a game at Mount Pleasant. 

“It is not just Leigh, we feel we can beat anyone who comes to Mount Pleasant. If we are playing in the Challenge Cup at home we are going to be confident. 

“We are looking forward to it, from a financial point of view it is good so I think it is a really good draw.”

It appears unlikely but weather permitting, Batley host Halifax this Sunday as they look to secure their third win of the campaign. 

Diskin is expecting a hard-fought game but sees the clash as a way of measuring how far his team have come. 

“I am expecting a really tough competition, it will be a really good test to see where we are at the moment,” he added. 

“We got a good win against Barrow when we weren’t really in our stride, there is still room for improvement.

“Halifax are a quality side, Castleford are looking after them in regards to dual-reg. 

“We are hoping for a real quality game, let’s just hope the weather clears up a bit and it allows both teams to play.”

The Bulldogs chief was pleased with how his team responded after falling behind against the Raiders last weekend. 

But Diskin is confident that his side still have more improvement in them.

He said: “We started really slow which was disappointing as we made some fundamental defensive errors, which is something we need to address. 

“But when you look past those I thought we played some really good rugby and the score could have been a lot higher. 

“The encouraging thing is that we have started well but there is still plenty of room for improvement.” 

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