Rochdale News | Sports News | Rochdale Hornets 44 – 24 Midlands Hurricanes

Date published: May 09, 2022

Rochdale Hornets registered six second-half attempts to get away from a determined Midlands Hurricanes side and recorded their sixth successive victory on Saturday May 7.

The two teams were tied at halftime, but a ruthless performance by the Hornets in the second half gave them a 44-24 victory.

Without last week’s man of the match, Rangi Chase, Matt Calland tapped Cobi Green to play the all-important stalemate.

The Welshman did not disappoint and produced an exceptional performance, in the absence of the Man of Steel 2011.

After being denied an early try, Green put the Hornets on the board ten minutes into the Round 7 clash.

A perfectly timed pass put Ben Forster through a gap and the second line returned the favor with a short ball to put Green under the posts.

The Hornets were back just two minutes later when Cian Tyrer soared high to take the Wales International’s high test ball and register his second try in as many games.

However, it was the visitors who struck next after Kieron Lawton capitalized on a restart to score in the corner.

Seven minutes later, the Hornets had to pay for their indiscipline and this time it was Jordan Bull’s turn to point for the visitors, the second line crashing in from close range.

Paul Brearley’s magnificent offload got Dan Nixon on for the Hornets’ third down, but it was quickly overruled by Benn Hardcastle’s sixth down of the season.

The half-back converted his try to leave nothing between the teams, when they entered at half-time.

Again, the Hornets came out of the blocks in the second half, as their rallies began to assert themselves.

Sean Penkywicz’s deft kick set Brearley up for Rochdale’s fourth try before Fuifui Moimoi smashed his way onto the whitewash in typical fashion.

It appeared to put Matt Calland’s side in control, but poor defending allowed the visitors to score a first-leg try – through Liam Welham.

With the deficit now down to six, Rochdale were determined not to let the Midlands side back into the game.

This time it was another Welsh international, Gavin Bennion, to score after a fine break from Lewis Sheridan.

In form, Gregg McNally came to the fore then and was influential in putting the game out of reach.

The former Leigh Centurions man’s fine pass gave Tyrer his second try of the afternoon.

Then, with two minutes remaining, the centre-back scored his eleventh league try of the season to ensure the Hornets took a 44-24 victory.

While the Hornets will be buoyed by another win, they know they will need to be at their best if they are to claim a win next Sunday May 15 – at Keighley Cougars (3pm kick-off).

Hornets: McNally, Nixon, Calland, Ashton, Tyrer, Green, Sheridan; Killan, Roden, Rogers, Forster, Brearley, Bennion.
Exchanges: Moimoi, Penkywicz, Taira, Aspey.

Tries: Green (7′), Tyrer (12′ 70′), Nixon (33′), Brearley (44′), Moimoi (48′), Bennion (66′), McNally (78′).
Goals: Sheridan, 6/8.

Hurricanes: Scott, Lawton, M Welham, L Welham, Freeman, Stead, Hardcastle; Ryan, Sadler, Walton, Dawson, Bull, Bowring.
Exchanges: Clavering, Newbound, Hall, Windley.

Tries: Lawton (20′), Bull (27′), Hardcastle (37′), L Welham (62′).
Goals: Hardcastle, 4/4.

Georges Newell

Ruth J. Leeds