Sheffield Eagles suffered a second straight defeat as Batley Bulldogs hammered the South Yorkshire club 70-12 at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. After receiving a heavy loss against Halifax the week before, lightning struck twice for the Eagles who didn’t get out of neutral gear against a red hot Batley side.
The Bulldogs led 38-0 at the break after a hat-trick of tries from Wayne Reittie. The former Fax winger as well as his centre Sam Smeaton had the better of Menzie Yere and Garry Lo all afternoon and the Eagles paid for their weakness. Reittie opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Dom Brambani jinked his way over for a try soon after. Pat Walker converted both on what would turn out to be a perfect day from the tee for the former Eagle. Dave Scott and Reittie rubbed more salt into the wound of the visitors with quick-fire four pointers before Walker grabbed a try of his own on 28 minutes. Walker kicked a penalty goal to make it 32-0 but there was still time for Reittie to complete his hat-trick as Scott raced to the wing to send in the Jamaican international.
The Eagles will have had a massive rattling from coach Mark Aston at the interval, and they responded well as they got off the mark thanks to Perry Whiteley. Jack Owens converted. Tries from Joel Farrell and Brambani furthered the Bulldogs’ lead ahead of the final quarter, in which the former completed his brace. Debutant Remy Marginet crossed the whitewash for Sheffield with ten minutes to go but there was still more bad news to come for the Eagles, who shipped another two tries. Reittie scored his fourth try of the game before Walker ended the try-scoring with his second. Walker converted both tries and also kicked a penalty as the Bulldogs reached 70 points for the game.