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Toronto Wolfpack v Rochdale Hornets Sat 21st July

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I didn't see a thread for tonights Championship game from Canada,so here we go. If there's another thread running,then please disregard this one.

So...game on. Kick-off only ten minutes later than the scheduled time so things are improving across the herring pond.¬†ūüėÉ

The young lady singing the national anthems just prior to kick off has had a long-held desire and ambition to sing them ahead of a major sporting event....but tonights game will have to do. LOL.

Anyway,Toronto complete a series of powerful surges by cutting through the Rochdale defences and its four points on the board with five minutes gone.

Gaz O'Brien hoofs it into the car park to add the 'convert' as our transatlantic friends are fond of saying.

And....another barging and bundling try for Toronto. Rochdale overwhelmed a bit too easily there. The commentator says they are looking tired....after eight minutes played!

The convert is good so a dozen points already on the board. Yikes.

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Rochdale rise up like Lazerus and have a five minute purple patch,threatening the Wolfpack end zone (lol!) in part thanks to Toronto indiscipline in handing Hornets some penalties. 

But nothing comes of it and play moves back downfield.....

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Liam Kay on a short fuse today. Gets a penalty but then bores forward with his head like a bull into the forehead of a Hornet.

Referee chooses not to have words.....

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Lussick tries to hospitalise a Hornet with a ridiculously dangerous high strike and its handbags all round.

Referee incompetent and decides to have a scrum.

 

Any other comments??

 

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2 minutes ago, Pigeon Lofter said:

Lussick tries to hospitalise a Hornet with a ridiculously dangerous high strike and its handbags all round.

Referee incompetent and decides to have a scrum.

 

Any other comments??

Obsessing on a (punished by the ref) Toronto foul while a Toronto player is receiving medical attention by doctors and stretcher-bearers doesn't look petty at all.

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14 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Obsessing on a (punished by the ref) Toronto foul while a Toronto player is receiving medical attention by doctors and stretcher-bearers doesn't look petty at all.

I've an unreliable internet this evening and missed a big chunk of that.

Now running off a hotspot,so got uninterrupted broadcast again.

Whiting walks another try in and it's 26-0 with half-time approaching.

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Paterson uses brute force to swat defenders away and barrel over from ten metres out.

30-0 with four minutes of the second half gone.

Conversion missed for a change.

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Rochdale avoid the goose egg, with an unconverted try - 30-4

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Rochdales dimunitive playmaker Gregory having an inspired game. Fearless as he charges repeatedly into forwards seemingly several times his own bodyweight.

Unfortunate Hornet missed an up-and-under right on his own try line and Toronto gifted another try.

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3 minutes ago, Pigeon Lofter said:

Rochdales dimunitive playmaker Gregory having an inspired game. Fearless as he charges repeatedly into forwards seemingly several times his own bodyweight.

Unfortunate Hornet missed an up-and-under right on his own try line and Toronto gifted another try.

In the movie of this match, he will be played by Verne Troyer. :biggrin:

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Hopkins shoves a bundle of Hornets away as he forces his way over the line....by a millimetre maybe. But it's a try.

Toronto forwards exceptionally dominant today. 

 

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A couple of players dispatched from the field. Commentator says they have been sent off but might be sin-binned though.

42-4 with 15 minutes to go.

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Hornets tumble over for another try!

The six Rochdalians in the stands start singing.

Conversion ends up in the car park and it's a respectable 42-10 scoreline.

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Crowd favourite Liam Kay fields a kick 60 metres out and cuts through the unformed defence to score a spectacular try that has the Canadian audience in rapture.

O'Brien converts and its 48-10 with 8 minutes to play.

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Well,Premier online feed has ended before the match has.

Great way to treat subscribers.

Whats that all about??

 

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It was a great and buzzing crowd who fully appreciated the performance of both teams...great game today at Lamport...everyone had a blast!  Great rugby atmosphere before, during and post game.

Future is bright!

 

"Run With The Pack!"

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Full time professionals,including some top Australian players,against a bunch of part timers,what do you expect? Absolutely ridiculous. You won`t be crowing next season if you get to Super League.

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1 minute ago, DiddyDave said:

Full time professionals,including some top Australian players,against a bunch of part timers,what do you expect? Absolutely ridiculous. You won`t be crowing next season if you get to Super League.

You are right, but this was the path laid out by the RFL, the Wolfpack had to work their way up from the bottom. Of course this was the outcome. Toronto fans are desperate for competitive games . Complain to the RFL.

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It`s the RFL who are complicit in this so called expansionism male genitals,so no point complaining to those turkeys. Original 1896 clubs like Rochdale,where the game is still played in schools and at amateur level,are left to stagger along because they`ve been left far behind in this world of the corporate theft of the game. How many local sides does Toronto have mate? How many schools play the game over there ensuring a new crop of youngsters will make the big time?  Big money,that`s all you have,no interest whatsoever in the future and nurturing of OUR great game.

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3 hours ago, DiddyDave said:

 Original 1896 clubs like Rochdale,where the game is still played in schools and at amateur level,are left to stagger along because they`ve been left far behind 

No one is leaving them to stagger along. I think you'll find that Rochdale have left themselves far behind, They seem to have done less in 122 years than Toronto have done in just a few years. 

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3 hours ago, DiddyDave said:

It`s the RFL who are complicit in this so called expansionism male genitals,so no point complaining to those turkeys. Original 1896 clubs like Rochdale,where the game is still played in schools and at amateur level,are left to stagger along because they`ve been left far behind in this world of the corporate theft of the game. How many local sides does Toronto have mate? How many schools play the game over there ensuring a new crop of youngsters will make the big time?  Big money,that`s all you have,no interest whatsoever in the future and nurturing of OUR great game.

By OUR do you mean YOUR great game?.

Do you want a game the whole world enjoys or or just those clubs in the heartlands?

What do Rochdale thenselves actually do to promote the game in Rochdale? I have seen the crowd fugures and it doesn't appear they do much.

If you believe the future lies in the M62 corridor I would urge you at the next home game to look at the faces in the crowd and ask yourself how many look to be under 40 years of age.

 

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True that its a bit of an issue - lots of people late 30’s onwards on the terraces not so many under

so perhaps getting the local college social media team on board might spark interest? Most kids are looking for something to believe in these days - give em a chance

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