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Hornets stirred by chance of final glory


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#1 League Express

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:33 AM

Hornets stirred by chance of final glory

By Liam Williams

Rochdale will discover the identity of their Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final opponents on Sunday when Oldham take on London Skolars in the final play-off eliminator, but Hornets half-back Steve Roper says his side will be confident whoever they face.
The Hornets made the final in dramatic fashion with a 23-22 victory over local rivals Oldham last week, a win which means they have already beaten both potential opponents in their play-offs, and Roper is in confident spirits ahead of the final.
“We put in a good effort to beat London and Oldham, so we’re not bothered who we play. Obviously getting those results gives you confidence,” said Roper.
“Anything can happen in a final, but form is definitely important. You want to be going into these games in the best frame of mind possible with momentum behind you which we will be.
“We made the semi-finals last year and the year before, so it’s nice to get over that hurdle and make it to the final. Now that we’ve got to this stage we know we can win, it’s just about going out there on the day and doing it.
“Winning promotion would be massive for us. I’ve been here over five years now, so I’ve got to know the fans really well, and I know how much promotion will mean to them, especially considering how close we are to it.”
Victory over Oldham earned the Hornets a week off from competition but Roper insists the squad will not be relaxing too much ahead of finals day on September 29.
“We’re all going out for a meal at the weekend with our wives and girlfriends as a bit of a team bonding session which we’re looking forward to,” he said.
“But we’ll still be training, doing a bit of rehab and watching some videos and we’ll be fully focused again next week on preparing for the game and we’ll be ready for it.”


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#2 Hornetto

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

Happy days.


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#3 Saint Toppy

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

If Saints lose to Leeds this weekend I wonder how many of their players they will then release to Hornets to play in their GF ?

 

Not exactly fair to their opponenets if Hornets could field Lomax, Swift, Makinson, Turner & Jones in the backs and Roby, Walmsley, LMS, Wilkin, Greenwood & Walker in the forwards.

 

It could show the DR system to be the complete mockery that most of us know it is already !!!



#4 Hornetto

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

You clearly have no understanding i) of how DR works and ii) how our deal with Saints works.

 

DR players have to have played a minimum of 10 games in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs - even my cat knew that. We have a couple of DR lads who've played over a dozen games for us this season.

 

Oldham have a couple of Salford lads who've played a similar number (their leading scorer this season is a Salford player) and Skolars have a couple of Broncos players.

 

Get over yourself.


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#5 Mistress_Marlowe

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:09 PM

That's the best thing I've read all day! :-D

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#6 Manx RL

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:50 PM

Momentum behind? Indeed. The week off always helps momentum. It's the momentum rule.
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