Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions
Sunday 27th May 2018, 15:15pm
Championship - Round: 15
Stats over last 8 encounters
HORNETS TAKE ON THE LIONS AT THE BASH
Rochdale Hornets return to the seaside on Sunday for their second appearance in the Summer Bash, where they will take on local rivals Swinton Lions.
Rochdale head to Bloomfield Road following a narrow loss to Batley Bulldogs, just a week after a heavy defeat to the same opponents. Alan Kilshaw’s side put in a massively improved performance which saw them lose out 23-14, as they had two tries chalked off for forward passes. Rob Massam scored a brace and came up with a try assist for Deon Cross in a brilliant individual display from the Welsh winger.
Swinton are still in search of their first win of the 2018 campaign as a penalty after the hooter sounded prevented them from picking up two points against Barrow Raiders. Jamie Dallimore’s goal meant that the two sides would share the spoils for a second time this season, as it was the last play in a 22-22 draw. George Tyson and Liam Paisley picked up a brace each, with Rhodri Lloyd also scoring.
Last season the two clubs met three times, with the first of those coming at Heywood Road on Easter Monday. It was an ill-tempered affair, which saw former Swinton star Chris Atkin snatch a 23-22 victory for the hosts. Mike Butt, Connor Dwyer and Andy Bracek scored for the Lions, with Atkin also adding five goals. Former Hornets Lewis Galbraith and Samir Tahraoui scored on that day, with Rob Massam also crossing for a brace.
Rochdale gained revenge later in the Championship season, as an equally dramatic clash ended in a late Massam score sealing a 33-28 triumph. Danny Yates, Ryan Maneely, Josh Crowley, Jake Eccleston and Jono Smith also picked up tries, with Yates adding four goals and Lewis Foster notching a field-goal. Atkin scored and kicked six goals, while Mike Butt crossed for a brace and Jack Murphy also touched down.
The final meeting of the clubs in 2018 was a crucial clash, with both sides fighting for survival in the Championship in the Super 8’s. It turned out to be a victory which kept the Hornets in the division for another year, as Dec Kay and Foster were on the scoresheet, alongside four goals from Yates. Ilias Bergal scored Swinton’s only try in the 16-8 loss, as Hankinson was on target twice with the boot.
SUMMER BASH FLASHBACK
Last season, Rochdale snapped a 10-game losing streak in dramatic fashion at the Summer Bash, seeing off fierce rivals Oldham. In their seaside debut, an incredible second half comeback secured a vital two points for Alan Kilshaw’s side over their neighbours. After trailing by 18 points, the Hornets rallied in the second period to pick up a sensational 38-28 derby win. Jake Eccleston scored twice, along with Miles Greenwood, Rob Massam, Ben Moores, Jordan Case and Lewis Galbraith.
Swinton’s trip to the seaside wasn’t an enjoyable one last season, as Sheffield Eagles edged a tight encounter 30-24 on the final day of the weekend. Atkin, Shaun Robinson, Connor Farrell and Ben Austin all scored in vain, as the Eagles took the points back home. A year earlier the Lions edged Oldham 25-24 to register their first Blackpool win, having lost the League 1 Cup final to North Wales Crusaders 12-8 in 2015.
Hornets 19-man squad: TBA
Lions 19-man squad: TBA
ONES TO WATCH
Mike Butt – The Swinton winger knows his way to the try line, and will prove to be a handful out on the edges with his pace. Last season he scored in two of the three meetings, picking up three tries and causing problems to the Hornets defence.
Andy Thornley – Club captain Thornley leads from the front for the Lions, as the prop forward uses his size to get his side on the front foot. He has been at Swinton since 2014, and despite missing the back end of last season, he was integral in their survival having scored seven times in 13 games.
George Tyson – Having faced him five times last season, the former Oldham centre will be one to look out for in both clashes with Swinton. On his day, the explosive outside back can be unplayable, with his pace and power hard to contain. He will be desperate to put in a big performance in both meetings with Rochdale.