Wounded Bulldogs ready to give their all

Wounded Bulldogs ready to give their all

BATLEY BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin says his team are “walking wounded” going into their Championship clash with Toulouse Olympique tomorrow afternoon.

Batley host the Championship’s second-placed team at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium tomorrow (3pm). 

By full time in tomorrow’s clash Batley will have played four games in 15 days.

But Diskin insists his side will give their all before they have a week’s rest due to Challenge Cup action next weekend. 

“You look at the games we played against Toulouse last year, they played some fantastic rugby,” said Diskin.

“They have added some real quality half-backs and they are a big strong set and they have some speed to burn. 

“They had a fantastic win at London, so we know we are going to be in for a tough test. 

“Following the Easter period the boys are a bit battered and bruised, the boys are walking wounded at the moment.

“We have got one more big effort against Toulouse this week and we are going to put everything into it. 

“Then the boys have got a week’s rest because of the Challenge Cup, so they will leave nothing in the tank and put their bodies on the line, I’m sure of it.”

Diskin is hoping that home advantage will play a big part in tomorrow’s encounter. 

And he was full of praise for his side who pushed league-leading Toronto Wolfpack all the way at Mount Pleasant last Sunday.

The Bulldogs eventually lost 26-18 but the boss added: “We are very confident when we play at home and we are finally showing marks of the team we want to become. 

“Toronto played some really good rugby coming out of yardage but in the game I thought we were really unlucky. 

“We dominated them physically, we struggled a bit when they sped up the ruck but we scrambled really well and defended our hearts out.

“I am really gutted for the boys because they put absolutely everything into the game and they fell just short, they were really unlucky.”

Wayne Reittie injured his shoulder when he scored against Toronto and could be sidelined for a number of months. 

Diskin admits that the winger’s return won’t be swift but they are waiting for the results of a scan to discover the extent of the injury. 

He said: “It is not going to be a quick but we are waiting on the results of a scan. 

“On the back of that, Patch Walker has some severe back pain so he may miss this week as well.”

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