Rochdale Hornets v Barrow Raiders
Sunday 11th March 2018, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 6
Stats over last 8 encounters
HORNETS RENEW RAIDERS RIVALRY
Rochdale Hornets welcome Barrow Raiders to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time in three years on Sunday.
Rochdale Hornets fell to their third defeat of the season last Saturday against a strong Toulouse Olympique side in France. Dec Gregory scored the only try on his debut in a 54-6 loss, as he impressive at hooker. Billy Brickhill and Blake Turner also put in good performances in their first appearances for the club.
Barrow Raiders weren’t treated to the glorious weather the Hornets had in France last week, as their clash with Dewsbury Rams was postponed. Prior to that, Paul Crarey’s men had beaten Leigh Centurions, drew with Toronto Wolfpack and been beaten by London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs.
The last time Rochdale entertained their Cumbrian counterparts was back in 2015 in a League 1 fixture, with the home side coming out on top 48-12.
In the 2016 season all three of the meetings of these two clubs were played at Craven Park. The first of those was an iPro Cup Round 1 clash, with the Hornets winning 14-4 in terrible conditions. Later on in the league season Rochdale also picked up an 18-4 victory, before the Raiders won at the third time of asking 34-12.
Alan Kilshaw has made four changes to the squad which travelled to France, as dual-registered pair Harvey Livett and Jack Johnson back with their parent club, the latter after breaking his leg in training this week. Also missing out are Ryan Maneely and Callum Mulkeen.
In comes Morgan Smith from Warrington Wolves, alongside Joe Taira who couldn’t travel to Toulouse. Gary Middlehurst and Lewis Palfrey could be set to return from injury.
Hornets 19-man squad: Dec Kay, Earl Hurst, Rob Massam, Lewis Palfrey, Danny Yates, Jo Taira, Ben Moores, Lee Mitchell, Dave Allen, Toby Adamson, Luke Adamson, Pat Moran, Billy Brickhill, Blake Turner, Richard Lepori, Gary Middlehurst, Dec Gregory, Morgan Smith, Deon Cross.
Barrow will be without influential halfback Jamie Dallimore, after he picked up a four match suspension for Grade C dangerous contact in their defeat to Batley.
ONES TO WATCH
Joe Bullock is a huge threat in the middle, with powerful carries and some hard-hitting defence. Ryan Fieldhouse has scored in three of the opening four fixtures, and will be looking to build on racking up 20 tries last season. Brad Crellin is also a threat in the back row, having impressed so far this year.
It is set to be a landmark occasion for both Lee Mitchell and Dave Allen on Sunday afternoon. Mitchell is set to make his 150th career appearance, while Allen will run out for the 250th time in his career.
“They are a really good side, we know that.
“They stayed consistent last year and improved their squad. They’ve not had much turnover, they have added quality to what they have got.
“It’s good to see a strong club in Cumbria; it’s good to see a strong Barrow in the Championship. We wish them luck this year, it is good to have them and good to be battling against them. Obviously we don’t wish them luck on Sunday, we want to hopefully get the two points.”
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Ticket prices are: £16 – Adult, £13 – Concession, £5 – Kids.
Super League season ticket holders can gain access to this game for a discounted price of £13 with our Super£13 scheme. Just present your season ticket at the point of purchase, either at the ticket office or on the gate.
All of these ticket offers for this game are available for purchase from the club ticket office, situated at the Crown Oil Arena main reception. Alternatively you can call the office on 01706 648 004 or pay on the gate.