Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 4th June 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 16
Stats over last 8 encounters
HORNETS LOOKING TO DOWN EAGLES
Rochdale Hornets travel to Wakefield this Sunday but they won’t be taking on Super League opposition, instead they will face Sheffield Eagles at Belle Vue in the Kingstone Press Championship.
The Eagles have made the home of Wakefield Trinity their temporary home for 2017 and Alan Kilshaw’s side will make the trip fresh from their Summer Bash triumph over rivals Oldham on Saturday.
Hornets fought back from an 18 point deficit with a brilliant second half display, limiting their opponents to just two points as they recorded a 38-28 victory.
Jake Eccleston kept his side in touch in the first period, creating a try for Miles Greenwood before picking up a brace himself.
Rob Massam and Ben Moores scored in quick succession to cut the lead to six points, with Jordan Case’s well taken try levelling the scores at 28-28.
Lewis Galbraith raced away for a 70 metre score soon after, which became an eight point try for a late challenge in the act of scoring, with a further penalty extending the lead to 10 points and rounding off the win.
Their opponents this weekend also recorded a win in Blackpool thanks to an improved second-half, with Sheffield surviving a late scare to see off Swinton Lions 30-24.
In the last meeting between the Hornets and Eagles it was the visitors who came away from the Crown Oil Arena with the spoils, comfortably winning 42-18.
It was a Good Friday to forget as they failed to execute in attack and were left with too much to do after the break, shipping 30 points in the opening 40.
Josh Crowley and Galbraith both crossed in that defeat, as did Samir Tahraoui however the front rower won’t feature at Belle Vue after leaving the club for League 1 outfit York City Knights.
They will be full of confidence this time out though after their well-deserved derby win over Oldham which snapped their losing run, and will be hoping to stay within touching distance of their opponents after climbing to eighth.
In the five meetings of the sides since 2007 Sheffield have come out on top in each one, with Rochdale failing to score in their last two away visits.
Those were both at the Don Valley Stadium though, and with historic wins at Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls already picked up this campaign head coach Kilshaw will be hoping for a similar outcome on Sunday.