Hornets argue against points loss for postponed fixture

Rochdale Hornets have issued a press statement in which they reject calls, from York City Knights, to be awarded two points for the Hornet’s late postponement of their fixture at the Crown Oil Arena on Sunday, due to high winds making it unsafe for ground staff to erect the posts for the match. “The club wishes to address rumours and…

Read More

Toulouse too strong for Rochdale

Toulouse Olympique scored ten tries today at the State Ernest Argeles as they overwhelmed Rochdale Hornets 54-6 to move to the top of the Betfred Championship on points difference over London Broncos. Toulouse scored six first-half tries, leading 34-6 at the interval, and added four more in the second half to run out convincing winners. They scored tries by William Barthau…

Read More

Rochdale snap up Whitehaven forward

Rochdale Hornets have completed the signing of experienced backrower Dave Allen, as anticipated in League Express two weeks ago. The former Wigan, Widnes, Whitehaven and Ireland international becomes the first new addition to Alan Kilshaw’s 2018 squad, joining nine retained players. Allen signed with Haven for the 2017 season after having been Player of the Year for the club in…

Read More

Championship Shield Results – Bradford win again

Championship Shield: Swinton Lions 16-30 Bradford Bulls Sheffield Eagles 28-35 Dewsbury Rams Batley Bulldogs 22-22 Oldham Toulouse Olympique 50-12 Rochdale Hornets Full coverage of all the weekend’s Championship Shield matches will feature in Monday’s issue of League Express, available in the shops and online from Sunday evening.

Read More

Furious Kilshaw slams officials as Rochdale sent down to ten men

Rochdale Hornets coach Alan Kilshaw has launched a scathing attack on the performance of the officials after his side’s defeat to Batley. The Hornets were down to ten men at one point as they went down 34-14 to the Bulldogs. Ben Moores and Gary Middlehurst were shown yellow and red cards respectively for alleged punching, and five minutes later Jordan…

Read More

Roundup: 13th August

More details from all of today’s games, alongside the rest of the weekend’s action, will feature in Monday’s League Express. Widnes Vikings picked up their first win of the 2017 Qualifiers as Corey Thompson’s brace helped them to a 36-12 victory at Halifax. Despite Fax’s red-hot winger Ben Heaton making it six tries in two appearances, they barely threatened a…

Read More

Kilshaw blasts RFL disciplinary procedures as Galbraith has ban overturned

Rochdale Hornets coach Alan Kilshaw has offered a damning verdict on the RFL’s disciplinary procedures after Lewis Galbraith was cleared of a verbal abuse charge on appeal. The Hornets ace was initially handed an eight-match ban after being found guilty of verbally abusing Oldham’s Sam Gee by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal last week. However, 23-year-old Galbraith was cleared of…

Read More

Championship star banned for eight games for verbal abuse charge

Rochdale Hornets player Lewis Galbraith has been banned for eight matches for verbally abusing an opposing player. The centre was found guilty by an independent tribunal following an incident during the Hornets’ Summer Bash victory over Oldham. A fight broke out in the 79th minute of the match, which resulted in Oldham’s Sam Gee being sent off for striking an…

Read More

Kilshaw hits out at “unfair” criticism of Rochdale from rival coaches

Rochdale Hornets coach Alan Kilshaw has hit back at what he describes as “unfair” criticism of the way his team play from rival Championship coaches. For two consecutive weeks, the Hornets have been criticised by Bradford’s Geoff Toovey and Batley counterpart Matt Diskin after recent meetings with Rochdale. And Kilshaw admits that while his side are “no angels”, he has…

Read More