Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 4th June 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 16
Stats over last 7 encounters
Both sides come into this match after gaining victory in Blackpool but who will carry over their momentum at the Beaumont Legal Stadium?
The Eagles had a comfortable lead against Swinton Lions before John Duffy’s men stormed to within six points of the South Yorkshire club by the end.
Sheffield coach Mark Aston will be wanting a more complete performance against the Hornets, who came from behind to beat local rivals Oldham during day one of the Summer Bash.
Last Time Out
Sheffield Eagles picked up their first ever Summer Bash win with a 30-24 triumph over Swinton Lions. The Eagles were 8-6 down at half-time after Chris Atkin notched all eight points for Swinton while Matty Fozard touched down from dummy-half for Sheffield.
Will Hope and Menzie Yere both bagged tries before the hour mark as Mark Aston’s men attempted to put the game beyond Swinton’s reach. Garry Lo and Fozard then crossed for a try apiece before Simon Brown kicked a penalty goal.
However, three tries in five minutes saw the Lions claw their way back into the game but they were unable to force another four pointer with seven seconds remaining.
Shaun Robinson, Connor Farrell and Ben Austin all touched down for Swinton, who will have fancied their chances if they had started the comeback earlier on in the tie.
Rochdale Hornets kickstarted the Championship action at the Summer Bash by beating Oldham 38-28 at Bloomfield Road.The Hornets had to come from 26-8 down to beat their local rivals in a rather fiery contest which saw three yellow cards and a red.
Rochdale were three scores down at the break but the early exchanges were rather even with Scott Turner and Miles Greenwood swapping tries.
Both teams had a man sent to the sin-bin with Jo Taira and Richard Lepori seeing yellow, the resulting penalty went the way of Oldham who kicked a goal courtesy of Scott Leatherbarrow.
Jake Eccleston levelled matters for Rochdale before three tries without reply for Oldham put Scott Naylor’s side in a great position.
Lepori returned from the sin-bin to score twice after George Tyson scored the easiest try of his life. Eccleston completed his brace before the break to breathe some life into the Hornets before the second half.
After the restart, Leatherbarrow kicked another penalty but that proved to be the end of their scoring for the afternoon.
Rob Massam, Ben Moores and Jordan Case all notched before the hour mark to make the score 28-28 before things got even better for the Hornets. Lewis Galbraith scored an eight point try before Danny Yates kicked a penalty.
Yates and Oldham’s Sam Gee ended the afternoon off the field following yellow and red cards respectively.
Despite his side’s near capitulation against Swinton, Mark Aston will have been happy to see his side bounce back from their defeat to Toulouse.
The props, including Scott Wheeldon and Mark Mexico, are great players who give a lot of go-forward in the middle of the pitch. Jordan Cox and Kyle Trout, the latter being more of a back-rower, came off the bench against Swinton to put in some good work.
Trout is now out with a broken jaw, having recieved surgery on Tuesay but Aston’s options have been bolstered ahead of this weekend with the call-up of James Green from Leigh Centurions.
Rochdale haven’t been afraid to get their hands dirty during their first season back in the Championship and they received two yellow cards in their game against Oldham.
Jo Taira and Gavin Bennion were the starting front-rowers for the Hornets, the former being sin-binned for punching in the first half.
Lee Mitchell and Matty Hadden provided fresh legs from the bench as Rochdale came from behind to beat Oldham and end their recent run of bad results.