Bradford Bulls v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 17th September 2017, 15:00pm
Super 8s - Round: 7
Stats over last 4 encounters
HORNETS TO BOW OUT AT BRAFORD
Rochdale Hornets’ successful 2017 campaign will come to an end on Sunday, as they travel to Odsal to take on Bradford Bulls in the final game of the season.
Despite defeat last week against Sheffield Eagles, Alan Kilshaw’s men have secured their place in the Championship for next year thanks to Swinton Lions’ victory over Oldham.
The same can’t be said about Bradford though, as they couldn’t overturn their 12 point deduction quick enough to avoid relegation.
With the pressure lifted though they have won four of their six Super 8’s fixture, including back-to-back victories over Sheffield and Dewsbury Rams.
Rochdale have won just one of their Championship Shield fixtures, but were agonisingly close to turning over the Eagles on Sunday.
After going into the break level at 10-10, they opened up a 12 point lead as they took the game to their opponents, only for the hosts to fight back and make it 22-22.
A tense finish saw Miles Greenwood and Gavin Bennion held-up over the line, while Danny Yates missed a penalty goal and Lewis Palfrey hit the post with a drop-goal attempt.
Then, with three minutes left on the clock, Sheffield broke from a last tackle kick before a heroic chase from Bennion stopped a try.
On the next play though, Menzie Yere crossed against a disjointed defence as Hornets players collapsed in despair at how close they had come.
In the two previous meetings with Bradford though, Hornets have come out on top and completed a regular season double.
Way back in round two they beat the conditions at a snow covered Odsal to record their first victory at the ground in 46 years, running out 22-14 winners.
Miles Greenwood, Samir Tahraoui and Danny Bridge were all on the scoresheet, as the boot of Palfrey proved vital on the day.
Later in the season they met at The Crown Oil Arena, in a game which belonged to Jo Taira as the front rower scored twice in a 28-14 triumph.
Lewis Galbraith and Matty Hadden also crossed as they made it home and away victories against the Bulls.
With the pressure now off, Kilshaw’s men have the opportunity to play with freedom without the threat of relegation.
If they can overcome Bradford and their good run of form, it would be the perfect end to a rollercoaster season, and will round off a memorable hat-trick of wins over their opponents.