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He scored the first try but we're still trailing 6-4 at HT.

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Likes his snap tommy g but scored 5 distance tries at the mount so I wouldnt knock him personally

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He scored the first try but we're still trailing 6-4 at HT.

Finished up quite nicely though. 42-12 victory not to be sneezed at!

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Against a team with 5 saints in. 2 of them

Scored rochdales 2 try's and mark Flanagan and That prop walker also played. A good win in end. Interesting on radio Leeds, glen wasn't too impressed with the last 2 wins completion rates in first half. Says we need to improve on this as defence as won us the last 2 matches. Think first half our completion rate was only 40 percent. Second half was obviously a lot better

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What if we could improve on the first half performances ? Defence awesome again today and second half unbelievable. Hard to single anyone out again today, but Brown was outstanding going forward and Rob Spicer must have tackled everyone in their team at least 3 times. If we can improve the completion rates in the first forty we could give anyone a game !

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Very professional performance by the boys today.

Rochdale were very ensthuciastic first half and they kept plugging away.

The boys wore them down in the end though and fitness told and the class of Thackeray and Brown told to.

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What if we could improve on the first half performances ? Defence awesome again today and second half unbelievable. Hard to single anyone out again today, but Brown was outstanding going forward and Rob Spicer must have tackled everyone in their team at least 3 times. If we can improve the completion rates in the first forty we could give anyone a game !

When you play a decent team they will have blown you away first half and it will be game over ;)

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When you play a decent team they will have blown you away first half and it will be game over ;)

You mean a decent team like say Featherstone.

Think the team to beat will be Leigh, another half century today

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Let's not start complaining or we'll begin to sound like some of these clubs who believe that it is their entitlement to win every time. Just remember that last season we were bemoaning the fact that we were only a first half team that couldn't score points in the second half to save our lives. I know the team that i would rather be watching, don't you?

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In my opinion, one man's defence let us down today. Louis Sheriff was too casual at times. Their first try was scored because he hesitated instead of tackling Dawson (having put that, the other players should have stopped the attack initially) and the second was scored because he was too casual in collecting a kick. Morton covered the ball as best he could to allow Sheriff time to get it. I think in the first half a lot of the players seemed to take things a little casually.

You could see that the Hornets players visibly tired in the second half and we capitalised on that as could be seen from the number of tries we scored. We scored some excellent tries with good passing, especially when Brown broke from halfway and had back up on flanks, for Thackeray to score. Morton scored a good try in the corner via a swift pass from Pryce (but who passed the ball to Pryce because that was even better). Morton then made a try. As he was being tackled into touch he released the ball for Pryce to collect and touch down.

Tough one next week at Donny and we do need to improve on our first half play if today's performance is anything to go by.

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I wasn't there today but Sheriff hasn't really impressed me so far. What has happened to Jordan Grayston, who I understood to be an outstanding full back? I do hope that we're not going to have a team that "picks itself" despite the winning start. Players need to feel that there is competition for a starting place.

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Sheriff did look uncomfortable today for some reason. I think there maybe a couple of changes for Donny and he would be one for me, along with Nash to the bench for Aizue or maybe Lillycrop on bench.

Surprised by our first half performance against one of the teams expected to struggle. We were executing some strange plays near there line, instead to just applying pressure and getting repeat sets at worst. We were playing like it was last 10 mins of the game and we were 2 scores down.

Kicking game early on was poor, but improved second half, as did the fluent running game. Thought Brown looked different class when he came back on second half. Macca (Aizue) was his normal bulldog self, as were Heppy, Spicer and Gallagher. Fantastic second half team performance

Anybody know what happened to Hemingway, what was his injury?

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Cheers Shipley Ram. First time I've seen someone limping with a broken nose but maybe just a little groggy.

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Match report on the Rochdale website , also links to YouTube for the whole game.

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I wasn't there today but Sheriff hasn't really impressed me so far. What has happened to Jordan Grayston, who I understood to be an outstanding full back? I do hope that we're not going to have a team that "picks itself" despite the winning start. Players need to feel that there is competition for a starting place.

Now I wouldn't expect that of you BSJ. We've played 2 games and won both. GM will change the team, I'm sure, as time goes on but be honest, would you have changed the team that won so well last week? I don't think so. Players need to think there is competition but when they play out of their skins to beat the title favourites I believe they deserve a second chance. Sheriff had a good game last week and deserved to be in this week. Maybe next week Grayston will get his chance,Personally I'd like to see the same team again next week,provided Hemingway recovers. Fev only made one change today Chisolm for Saxton and won. Don't change a team just for the sake of it. 

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I agree with you young un. We should only change if and when we get injuries. One bad game or afew mistakes doesn't mean a player will be like that every week

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For all I criticised Sheriff on his defence, he certainly knows how to break the line (well sometimes and at others likes to pass the ball and leave it to someone else) and did have some telling runs.

Like Young Un, I would keep the winning team if possible.

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Surprised by our first half performance against one of the teams expected to struggle. We were executing some strange plays near there line, instead to just applying pressure and getting repeat sets at worst. We were playing like it was last 10 mins of the game and we were 2 scores down.

 

I dont remember being near their line too much in the first half!  We just failed to complete the sets and build momentun and pressure and from memory we spent most of the game in our own half.  Once we cut out the mistakes the natural game came and we saw what happened.  As I said at the beginning once we start to cut out the mistakes who knows where we can go.  Sheriff Did have a poorish game yesterday, but we need to move away from the WJ technique of dropping someone immediately they didnt perform at 100%.  It didnt work for WJ and I doubt it works for anyone.  If he doesnt perform next week thats might be different, but I would prefer to see settled side for now.

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Now I wouldn't expect that of you BSJ. We've played 2 games and won both. GM will change the team, I'm sure, as time goes on but be honest, would you have changed the team that won so well last week? I don't think so. Players need to think there is competition but when they play out of their skins to beat the title favourites I believe they deserve a second chance. Sheriff had a good game last week and deserved to be in this week. Maybe next week Grayston will get his chance,Personally I'd like to see the same team again next week,provided Hemingway recovers. Fev only made one change today Chisolm for Saxton and won. Don't change a team just for the sake of it. 

 

 

As I said i wasn't there (nor will I be next week) so my comments are very much second-hand.

 

The challenge for a coach, and particularly with a winning team, is how to keep things fresh and challenging together with maintaining a competitive spirit throughout the squad. I don't expect GM to fall into this obvious trap, however.

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When you play a decent team they will have blown you away first half and it will be game over ;)

Like Featherstone for instance you clown and i hope your not classy the battersea mob has a good team.

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ROCHDALE HORNETS 12  -  DEWSBURY RAMS 42.

 

Referee :- Jamie Bloem.

 

At first sight this might seem a comfortable win for The Rams but Morro wasn’t all that happy after the game and, now I’ve had the time to think about it, I can see why.

 

The first half was eerily reminiscent of the opener against Fev with defences controlling things. Indeed it was the Hornets who had most possession in these early stages, but though they used it to apply pressure, The Rams also looked dangerous on their occasional breakaways. Indeed it was they who took the lead with Tommy Gallagher crossing for the opening try around the half hour mark.

 

Even then it was Rochdale who had most of the ball, and it was no great surprise when centre Matt Dawson cut through to score late in the half. With stand off Paul Crook adding the conversion, the teams turned round with The Hornets holding a narrow, but deserved 6-4 lead.

 

It was to be a short lived lead however, Tom Hemingway levelling the scores with a penalty early in the second half. Exactly what Glenn Morrison said to his team at half time I can only guess, but whatever it was, it certainly worked! Five minutes later winger Dale Morton went over wide out for The Rams second try, Hemingway adding a good conversion. He also got the chance to add to his tally a couple of minutes later following a superb try from The Rams. Loose forward Aaron Brown broke down the middle and timed his pass to perfection, sending the supporting Anthony Thackeray in under the posts. With the conversion a formality The Rams were suddenly 6 – 18 ahead, though The Hornets weren’t done yet.

 

When winger Gareth Langley reached a kick just ahead of Rams full back Louis Sherriff he was able to stab it over the line for Joe Greenwood to touch down for their second try. Crook’s second conversion narrowed the gap to 12 – 18, but The Hornets seemed to be tiring, and The Rams really had the wind in their sails now.

 

Whether or not they learnt a lesson from last week’s victory over Fev, only they can say, but when they got the chance of a penalty they were happy to take the two points rather than go for the try. With Hemingway off injured, it was Kieran Hyde who took over the kicking duties, easing the Rams two scores ahead at 12 -20.

 

With ten minutes on the clock Wayne Godwin drove over for another try, and a couple of minutes later full back Louis Sherriff also went over. With Hyde adding the extras to both tries the score was suddenly 12 -32 and ‘The Barmy Army,’ were at full voice. Even now the scoring wasn’t over though, centre Karl Pryce collecting Dale Morton’s inside pass to touch down for one of the simplest tries he’ll probably score all season.

 

It was left to Anthony Thackeray to show his talent, bringing the game to an end with his second try of the afternoon, Hyde converting to take the score to 42 – 12.

 

Two games, two wins, second in the table… but neither of them was easy, and we’re away at Doncaster next week who’ll certainly be looking to revenge their play off defeat of last season. So to all you Rams fans out there, get thisen’s down to Donny and make yourselves heard.

 

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Actually there were a lot of Red, Amber and Black colours on view over at Rochdale yesterday in a crowd of 817, so well done to them as well as the players!

 

As you can guess, the bus was rather noisy on the way back last night, apart from the time we spent in Wetherspoon’s ‘The Richard Oastler’ of course. How we ended up in Brighouse I have no idea, but then it was a ‘Barmy Army’ trip, and we certainly enjoyed the food!

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Thanks for the picture Ozzy.

phwoar.......what a lovely sight.

"Wobbly Bob" on draught

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