Rochdale News | Sports News | Rugby Union: Stockport Senior Colts 54 – 7 Rochdale Senior Colts
Date published: September 16, 2022
Photo: Bruce Myers
Ben Hankinson with another big carry
After last week’s introduction to the top flight with a hard-fought victory over Warrington, Rochdale traveled to Stockport where they received a beating.
Stockport is the number one outfit in the North West and has threats throughout the park. Rochdale’s back line was depleted due to injury and downtime, which was going to make it even more difficult.
From the outset, Rochdale was competitive up front and lineouts and scrums were also contested. Both teams were trying to break through midfield with strong carries.
Neither side was able to gain the upper hand from close quarters and it was Stockport who adapted first when they started to move the ball into the wide channels. It proved successful and they scored a few quick tries.
With the quality of the opposition so high, any errors were punished to the full and although Rochdale gained a foothold in the game, Stockport’s counter-attack thrived on those errors. A few loose punt kicks allowed Stockport to come back with interest and spin the scoreboard.
The half ended with the hosts 33-0 for good.
It was a testament to Rochdale’s team spirit and work ethic that they didn’t drop their heads and the second half came much closer. Rochdale kept the ball better and made several line breaks, dominating the third quarter.
Credit to Stockport for an excellent cover defense and final tackles which Rochdale denied.
After another breakaway try from Stockport, Rochdale finally got the reward their hard work deserved. Runs from Ben Hankinson, Ben Sunderland and Jacob Jackson brought them to the opposition line where Olly Mills was on hand to cross the whitewash.
The final score of 54-7 somewhat flattered the home team. The margins between the two teams weren’t great, with the main difference being Stockport’s ability to convert opportunities when they presented themselves.
Next Sunday (September 18), Rochdale host Wirral on Moorgate Avenue for what is bound to be another tough game.