Halifax RLFC v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 21st May 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 14
Stats over last 8 encounters
HORNETS HEAD TO THE SHAY
Rochdale Hornets return to action this Sunday as they make the short trip to The Shay to face Halifax RLFC as the Kingstone Press Championship returns.
It will be the second meeting of the two clubs this season, after ‘Fax took the spoils in the reverse fixture at the Crown Oil Arena back in February.
The visitors on the day ran out 20-6 winners led by a Scott Murrell masterclass, with the halfback showing how crucial his kicking game can be in a great display with the boot.
Rob Massam scored the hosts only try of the afternoon, with the Welsh winger racing over for the opening score of the contest.
At 6-0 Lewis Galbraith broke free and had support either side, but he went alone and came up short in a play which could have double their advantage.
It wasn’t to be though and Richard Marshall’s men regathered and posted 20 unanswered points to pick up the victory, as Alan Kilshaw’s side were left deflated after a great start to the campaign.
More recently the Hornets have lost their last eight outings, the last of which came at home to Featherstone Rovers before the break for the Challenge Cup.
Rovers were too good on the day, as they showed their class in a 38-8 triumph which gained revenge for Rochdale’s 10-9 win in the reverse fixture back in March.
Halifax’s last fixture also ended in defeat to Featherstone coincidentally, as they were knocked out of the cup 24-12 in their televised Thursday night clash.
In the league they have won their last six games to pile the pressure on the top four, as they are behind London Broncos and Toulouse Olympique on points difference only.
Injuries have affected Kilshaw’s preparations for their visit to The Shay as Gavin Bennion and Jo Taira are side lined.
Lewis Galbraith, Ryan Maneely and Jono Smith will face late fitness tests ahead of Sunday, with the Hornets head coach likely to call on dual registration partners Warrington Wolves this weekend.