Batley Bulldogs 22-18 Swinton Lions


Batley Bulldogs were made to work for their 22-18 victory against Swinton Lions at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. The Bulldogs had Dave Scott and Macauley Hallett to thank as the full-back and centre both scored braces to help their side to a hard-fought win in terrible conditions. Swinton had the lead from the fourth minute up until the 72nd when ex-Lion Hallett completed his brace, so they will feel mightily disappointed to not have sealed a great win.

Swinton took the lead through Shaun Robinson and their four point advantage was soon extended as Jack Murphy touched down in the 13th minute. One of the two conversions from Chris Atkin proved successful. Scott registered his first try soon after but the Lions held firm after being breached for the first time. Atkin kicked a penalty goal for the visitors, who went into half-time 12-6 in front and they didn’t have to wait long for things to get better after the restart.

The second period was two minutes old when Andy Thornley continued his impressive try-scoring form by adding the finishing touch to a nice attacking move. The conversion from Atkin was successful. With the hour mark fast approaching, Hallett got himself on the scoresheet to cut the deficit to eight points, which turned into six following Cain Southernwood’s conversion. In the final quarter, Scott added his second try but Southernwood was off target with the extras so the Lions had a two point lead to play with. Unfortunately for John Duffy’s side, Batley had a foothold in the contest and they managed to grab the decisive score eight minutes from time after constant pressure. Hallett came back to haunt his former employers with the winning try. With two minutes to go, the Bulldogs furthered their lead with a penalty goal – the final scoring act in a gruelling match.

Batley Bulldogs

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1David ScottFull Back200000
2Wayne ReittieWing000000
3Sam SmeatonCentre000000
4Macauley HallettCentre200001
6Cain SouthernwoodStand Off030000
7Dominic BrambaniScrum Half000000
8Adam Gledhill 16Prop000000
10Alex Rowe 27Interchange000000
11Brad Day 19Second Row000000
12Joel FarrellSecond Row000000
13Pat Walker 28Loose Forward000000
16Tom Lillycrop 8Interchange000000
19Alex Bretherton 11Interchange000000
22Dane ManningSecond Row000000
25Mikey HaywardFull Back000000
27Will Maher 10Prop000000
28Tom Holmes 13Interchange000000
 Total 430001

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back100000
2Shaun RobinsonWing100000
3Chris HankinsonCentre000000
5Matt Gardner 21Interchange000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half030000
8Rob LeverProp000000
9Anthony Nicholson 20Interchange000000
11Connor DwyerSecond Row000000
13Andy ThornleyLoose Forward000000
14Ben WhiteStand Off000000
15Andy Bracek 18Prop100000
16Anthony Bate 19Loose Forward000000
17Oliver DaviesSecond Row000000
18Ben Austin 15Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 16Interchange000000
20Sean Kenny 9Hooker000000
21Mike Butt 5Wing000000
 Total 330000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 5, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Batley Bulldogs61622
Swinton Lions12618

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