Bradford 17 Batley 16: Haggerty leaves it late as Bulls beat Bulldogs

Bradford claimed their third win in eight days to leapfrog Batley into third place in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Kurt Haggerty’s late drop goal secured a dramatic 17-16 win over the Bulldogs which ended their opponents’ five-match winning run.

Two early tries from James Clare gave the Bulls an 8-0 lead but John Kear’s men turned around 10-8 up at the break after tries from Cain Southernwood and Chris Ulugia, while Pat Walker’s penalty extended their lead to 12-8.

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Bradford regained the lead through Jay Pitts’ try, which was converted by Haggerty, who also kicked a penalty to make it 16-12 before Southernwood grabbed his second to set up a tense finish.

Bradford: Moss, Clare, Walshaw, Welham, Williams, Haggerty, Charnock, Sidlow, O’Brien, Clark, Mellor, Pitts, Clough. Substitutes: Olbison, Crossley, Lauaki, Lumb.

Batley: D. Scott, Reittie, Minikin, Ulugia, A. Brown, Southernwood, Brambani, Hirst, Davey, Gledhill, Chandler, Bretherton, Blake. Substitutes: Walker, Lillycrop, J. Brown, Day.

Referee: J Cobb (RFL).

Twelve-man Sheffield Eagles suffered a sixth consecutive defeat when they lost out 22-18 to Swinton at Heywood Road.

The Eagles were leading 18-10 early in the second half thanks to tries from Adam Neal, Ben Blackmore and Quentin Laulu-Togagae, all goaled by Cory Aston when centre George Tyson was sent off for foul play.

Rhodri Lloyd scored Swinton’s only first-half try and added another on the hour before Connor Dwyer scored the match-winner 11 minutes from the end, with Chris Atkin kicking his fifth goal.

Leigh ran in nine tries in their 54-12 victory over Workington to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches.