BATLEY Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin says his side has the quality to beat Toulouse this weekend – but only if they can perform for a full 80 minutes.
The Bulldogs head to France tomorrow (Saturday) coming off the back of a 18-32 loss against Halifax.
Diskin was left frustrated at Halifax’s ability to score a quick 16 points which put the game beyond Batley’s reach.
If Batley hadn’t switched off, he believes it could have been a different game.
“The very first set of the game was really good, we made our first three tackles inside their 20 and as soon as a decision didn’t go our way we self destructed for 20 minutes,” said Diskin.
“Halifax went and scored 16 points but after that I thought we played some really good rugby.
“We looked in a good position but there were a couple of late tries from Halifax when we were chasing the game.
“It is frustrating as you can see glimpses of the quality we have got and it is frustrating as we can’t seem to string an efficient 80 minutes together.
“Week to week we are blowing from hot to cold and that seems to be the story of our season so far.”
The Bulldogs boss knows the task his players face, but is adamant that if they can iron out the errors they’ll be in the mix at the end of the game.
Diskin said: “We are going over there under no illusions, it will be a very tough task.
“I don’t think anyone is expecting anything from us when we do go over there.
“Toulouse are a fantastic team, they play some really good football as we saw at the Summer Bash.
“We know that if we go and if we have a dig and that if we concentrate for a full 80 minutes, make the right decisions and be in control of our discipline then we’ve got a chance.”
Elsewhere the club have this week announced they’ll be holding a special dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Batley winning the TransPennine Cup.
The event, on August 10 at Howley Hall GC, will be attended by members of the winning team as well as former head coach David Ward. Contact the club for details.