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Dewsbury 38 Rochdale 20 - discussion, report, highlights

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If I am not mistaken we actually have a match this weekend, despite all of the other issue that are keeping us so excited. I believe that we should win this one comfortably but whether we will is always a different matter. Notwithstanding my forecast is:

 

 

Rams 42 - 22 Hornets

 

1st Rams try scorer - Grady

 

Att: 645

 

Whilst these low attendances should theoretically increase my chances of winning the HT draw i predict that the outcome of this will be as disappointing as ever for me.

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We cannot afford to drop points and we must watch Sheffield's progress as they have a game in hand against Sunday's opponents (and also yet to play them away) so could overtake us if they win their games. I do hope we have a team in show on Sunday wanting to entertain.

Dewsbury 44-18 Rochdale.

First try scorer: Thackeray.

Att: 638.

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The weather is supposed to be terrible, wind and bad rain. This will probably be a game leveller.

 

On a day with decent conditions I would expect a win by 20 points, but I feel it will be close.

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Rams 38 - 8 Rochdale

First Scorer - Thackeray

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Rams 32 - Rochdale 8

 

FTS: Morton

 

Att: 872

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Rams 36 - 16 Rochdale, first try scorer Grady,attendance could be around 500 with the weather forecast been bad.

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noticed it's to rain heavy all day, just wondering if the games in any danger of getting called off?

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At this stage I have no info to suggest that it'll be cancelled. I'm in contact with the club and any updates I receieve will go here, on Facebook and Twitter.

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According to weather forecast it's to stop raining early afternoon maybe brighten up,then the dark clouds have to move over Whitehaven!!

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According to weather forecast it's to stop raining early afternoon maybe brighten up,then the dark clouds have to move over Whitehaven!!

its to pizz it down all week in batley ;)

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its to pizz it down all week in batley ;)

 

 

Those could be tears maybe?

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For an hour it was a close game today. Rochdale have often given us a real game over the years. The win was essential and we edge ever nearer to safety. Some good performances in attack at times. A slightly healthier crowd as well (773)

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It's not often I make a game these days but I really enjoyed it. It's a shame my kids can't make it beyond a fruit shoot and a hot dog!

 

I think the Rams played a little on edge, bombing a few opportunities. I thought Rochdale were a bit disinterested in parts. I thought the ref dug himself into a hole with the Rochdale knock-on try. Their winger clearly happy to admit so.

 

Otherwise, really good entertainment. I'm a bit at a loss as to why the Rams don't attract more interest. I've been going on and off for over 40 years and these days I believe the club is more professional than ever, the pitch is a bowling green and the players more athletic and professional. The ground is a peach and clearly going to be a tidy set up when finished. I also think £13 in and £2 for kids and £2.90 for a beer top value.

 

Shame I have a 160 mile commute...

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Thought the crowd was poor yesterday, looked more v barrow. Dissapointing how despite the improvements on and off the field, people of dewsbury are not giving the club more backing. Should be getting gates of over 1,000 at worst but likes already been said, we ain't doing enough to get into the publics faces. We need to be ramming that message to the dewsbury public about our team! getting into the schools town centre and rugby clubs dishing out free junior tickets.

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Thought wright, Pryce and Austin had good games today, but Tommy's introduction was the turning point. We know we'll get 2 x 20 minute spells if needed out of him, and if we have the ball during that time he'll make chances. The way Grady and Gallagher run off Thackery has scored us so many tries this year. If a couple if the others followed suit we'd be laughing.

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Thought the crowd was poor yesterday, looked more v barrow. Dissapointing how despite the improvements on and off the field, people of dewsbury are not giving the club more backing. Should be getting gates of over 1,000 at worst but likes already been said, we ain't doing enough to get into the publics faces. We need to be ramming that message to the dewsbury public about our team! getting into the schools town centre and rugby clubs dishing out free junior tickets.

 

 

It was the highest gate in our Division on the day Chris. The weather forecast was bad (and correct), it's school holidays, CC semi-final on the telly - it's not just about promoting the game, people have to want to do something in the first instance. As a matter of interest how big do you expect the attendance to be next Sunday?

 

I must admit that I was baffled by the crowd figure as it did look to be smaller than for the Barrow game but maybe there were more in the main stand.

 

It was definitely a curate's egg of a match with a whole host of mistakes on both sides (as well as the man with the whistle). The difference came when Spicer & Gallagher came on, giving the team much more impetus but maybe also coinciding with the Rochdale pack starting to blow - there were quite a few fat lads out there today. Pryce had a really good game again, Wright was good when he was good and not when he wasn't, Hemingway was something of an enigma again, and Buchanan probably summed up the whole team performance scoring a couple of excellent tries and missing some straightforward tackles.

 

3 points will do - we can't be worldbeaters every week.

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The main stand was healthy populated but southstand wasn't. Looked more like 773 v barrow and 575 v Rochdale in my opinion. I reckon the crowd at batley will only just top 1,000. Hope us dewsbury fans make the effort to turn up in our hundreds Sunday, big derby, could send batley down if they get a 6 point deduction.

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Thought wright, Pryce and Austin had good games today, but Tommy's introduction was the turning point. We know we'll get 2 x 20 minute spells if needed out of him, and if we have the ball during that time he'll make chances. The way Grady and Gallagher run off Thackery has scored us so many tries this year. If a couple if the others followed suit we'd be laughing.

Mixed feelings about the game yesterday. We had a couple of purple patches that won us the game, but for much of the game looked disinterested and distinctly ordinary. My thoughts were:

 

1.  Was a bit cynical about TG's signing, but I hold my hands up, the team look so much better when he's on.

2. Despite his detractors, Pricey is looking better and better - we should make a big effort to sign him for next season.

3. Wright is a real prospect IMO - I reckon he will turn out to be the best of GM's much vaunted "kids" apart from maybe Brown. Still has much to learn, but he adds zip from play the ball, which TH doesn't (sad and disappointing given his ability and underused pace).

4. Austin still the best of our wingers (and probably still the quickest of a pedestrian bunch).

5. We are going to be a good deal better against the dogs - unless of course we want to give them a hand staying up - which I reckon they will regardless.

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