Rochdale Hornets v London Broncos
Friday 13th April 2018, 19:45pm
Championship - Round: 11
Stats over last 4 encounters
HORNETS ENTERTAIN BRONCOS UNDER THE LIGHTS
Rochdale Hornets welcome London Broncos to the Crown Oil Arena on Friday night, as their hectic Championship schedule continues.
Rochdale Hornets ended a tough period with defeat away to Leigh Centurions, as their third game in nine days proved too much. The hosts came away with a 68-10 victory, in which Alan Kilshaw’s men showed plenty of effort – however their opponents were too clinical and pounced on any mistakes before a sin-binning helped the score line blow out in the final quarter. Lewis Hatton and Dec Kay scored Hornets two tries on the day.
Easter proved to be a damaging period for London Broncos also, as they fell to three defeats in as many games, having not lost in the league before that. Losses to Toulouse Olympique and Leigh Centurions were followed up by their lasts loss away to Halifax at the MBi Shay. Rhys Williams, Elliot Kear and Will Lovell scored in their 28-16 defeat, with Jarrod Sammut and Kieran Dixon adding a goal each.
In the first meeting of these two side during the 2017 season, Rochdale matched their full-time opponents until a late surge saw the Broncos rally home to victory. Rob Massam scored his side’s only points in the contest, as Hornets went down 28-8.
The return fixture at the Crown Oil Arena saw the side from the capital show their strength, as they picked up a comfortable 58-18 triumph thanks to Sammut orchestrating their attack. Massam was on the scoresheet again, along with departed duo Lewis Foster and Jake Eccleston.
Kilshaw has rung the changes following a demanding period on his players, with six players coming in to his 19-man squad. New signing Taylor Welch is in line to make his debut, while Richard Lepori, Dave Allen and Danny Yates could return to action. Harvey Livett comes in on dual-registration, with Blake Turner back in contention.
Lewis Palfrey is missing with a nasty infection to a cut on his face, which has resulted in the halfback being hospital bound. Also missing out is Alex Gaskell, Gary Middlehurst, Morgan Smith, Lee Mitchell and Callum Mulkeen.
Hornets 19-man squad: Dec Kay, Richard Lepori, Earl Hurst, Billy Brickhill, Taylor Welch, Deon Cross, Danny Yates, Dec Patton, Rob Massam, Joe Taira, Ben Moores, Luke Adamson, Toby Adamson, Dave Allen, Harvey Livett, Dec Gregory, Pat Moran, Lewis Hatton, Blake Turner.
Danny Ward has made three changes to the London side which were beaten by Halifax, as Michael Channing recovers from a hamstring injury, while Daniel Hindmarsh is called up from the U19’s. James Meadows also comes in, with Matt Fleming, Matt Gee and Alex Walker making way.
Broncos 19-man squad: Sadiq Adebiyi, Eddie Battye, Lewis Bienek, Robert Butler, Michael Channing, James Cunningham, Matt Davis, Sam Davis, Kieran Dixon, Ben Hellewell, Daniel Hindmarsh, Elliot Kear, Will Lovell, James Meadows, Api Pewhairangi, Jay Pitts, Jarrod Sammut, Tom Spencer, Rhys Williams.
ONES TO WATCH
Jarrod Sammut is highly regarded as one of the best players in the competition, with his displays in last year’s qualifiers backing up that claim. His form has been brilliant again this year, as he is the division’s third highest points scorer with 97 to his name. Kieran Dixon has pace to burn out wide and is a great finisher, as he has crossed the try line 10 times already this campaign, with only Luke Briscoe outscoring him. Lewis Bienek is a big presence in the middle providing the go-forward in attack, and comes up with some hard-hitting defence.
Rob Massam will be looking to continue his impressive scoring run in this fixture, as he crossed for three tries in the two meetings of the sides last season.
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.