Rochdale Hornets 18-58 London Broncos
Sunday 16th July 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 22
Jake Eccleston, Lewis Foster, Rob Massam,
Danny Yates 3,
Andy Ackers 2, Jarrod Sammut 2, Alex Walker 2, Matt Davis, Lewis Bienek, Rhys Williams, Ben Evans,
Jarrod Sammut 9,
BRONCOS PROVE TOO STRONG FOR HORNETS
Rochdale Hornets were on the wrong end of a 58-18 score line at The Crown Oil Arena on Sunday afternoon, as they went down to full-time outfit London Broncos.
Some poor defence was punished by the visitors, with the focus now shifting to next week’s derby away to Oldham.
It was the final home game of the regular season for Hornets, and it saw Lewis Galbraith return after his eight game ban was quashed at an appeal.
Chris Riley missed out due to injury, with Dec Kay replacing him, while Jordan Case also came back into the side, meaning Jack Holmes and Lewis Hatton missed out.
The hosts gave their opponents and 18-0 head start which kept them at arm’s length throughout the game, as Andy Ackers crossed for the opening try three minutes in after finishing Rhys Williams’ break down the left edge.
Jarrod Sammut crossed for his first of the afternoon soon after, as Apirana Pewhairangi’s flat pass sent him over, before a number of offloads from a last tackle kick led to Alex Walker racing in for try number three.
The hosts finally responded 18 minutes in, when a late tackle on Ben Moores gave them a penalty which led to Jake Eccleston finding the line, thanks to some great footwork. Danny Yates added the extras with a brilliant conversion from the touch line.
Four minutes later they scored again, as Anthony Walker dummied through a gaping hole before a clever offload back inside, which found Lewis Foster who touched down under the black dot.
Broncos responded immediately as they broke the length of the field, with Sammut finishing the move under the crossbar with his second try of the afternoon.
Rochdale came up with an immediate reply of their own, as they forced a knock-on from the kick-off and from the scrum Galbraith put Rob Massam in space, and he finished out wide. Yates nailed another conversion from out wide to make it a six point game.
Two tries before the break put Broncos 18 points ahead at half-time though, as Matthew Davis spun over from close range before Edward Battye’s short ball assisted Lewis Bienek’s try.
It took eight minutes for the away side to post their next points of the game, as Williams found space on the left edge to race in from 25 metres out.
Ackers darted over from dummy half to grab his second, before Walker also brought up his brace, finishing off a break against a tired defence.
With Rochdale slipping down to ninth it is all to play for in their final game of the regular season, as a win over Oldham could secure four home games in the Championship Shield.
Rochdale Hornets: Dec Kay, Kevin Penny, Jake Eccleston, Lewis Galbraith, Rob Massam, Lewis Foster, Danny Yates, Jo Taira, Ben Moores, Lee Mitchell, Jono Smith, Josh Crowley, Anthony Walker Subs: Ryan Maneely, Gavin Bennion, Matthew Hadden, Jordan Case,
Tries: Eccleston (18), Foster (22), Massam (27)
Goals: Yates 3/3
Rochdale Hornets Man of the Match: Anthony Walker got through a ton of work in the middle, coming up with a brilliant try assist too, and has been a great addition to the squad since his arrival.
London Broncos: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Michael Channing, Elliot Kear, Apirana Pewhairangi, Jarrod Sammut, Ben Evans, Andrew Ackers, Mark Ioane, Daniel Harrison, Jay Pitts, Matthew Davis Subs: John Boudebza, Matthew Gee, Edward Battye, Lewis Bienek
Tries: Ackers (3, 68), Sammut (8, 25), Walker (14, 70), Davis (31), Bienek (39), Williams (48), Evans (60)
Goals: Sammut 9/10
Referee: John McMullan
Pen count: 11-4