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Under 18s beat League Leaders
Aldwinians u18s 15 v 17 Rochdale u18s
Sunday 23 November 2014

Rochdale knew they needed a big performance as they went away against the league leaders. They provided one. Despite early nerves they turned their fortunes around and dominated the second half.

The game began in an untidy fashion with both sides spilling passes and there were plenty of early opportunities to see the scrums in action. This had been a weak area for Rochdale in the home fixture. This time was different. The Rochdale pack won every one of their scrums and threatened to win several against the head but for some infringements.

It was against this backdrop of Rochdale early domination that the home side took the lead with a breakaway run down the left and a try in the corner. An impressive conversion gave Aldwinians a 7 points lead and Rochdale had to dig deep to come back from the disappointment.

They soon did when a series of pick and goes with 7 different players taking the ball in culminated in Jordan Reynolds touching down in the right corner. Aldwinians tried to respond but were rebuffed by Rochdale's tigerish defence. The ball came to Segúna Ehidiamen and from half way he powered over the line to give Rochdale a 3 point lead. The home side responded but could see no way to breach the visitors' defence, so when they got a penalty 30 metres out, they opted for goal. A great kick tied the scores at half-time.

Rochdale dominated the second half and spent most of it camped 5 metres from Aldwinians’ try line. Held up once, after 15 minutes Jordan received behind the ruck and he twisted and turned through the defenders to take the lead once again. George Lees converted a difficult one and Rochdale were 7 points ahead.

Rochdale continued to attack and look more likely to score until they conceded a penalty. Aldwinians' 10 kicked close to the Rochdale try line and a period of pressure ensued which ended with a try which brought the scoring to 15-17. The conversion was narrowly missed.

Rochdale made attack the best form of defence and the game ended with Rochdale pressing for another try. This ended a magnificent display of disciplined rugby with every man giving his all for the team.

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Under 15s Match Report by Phil Hargreaves - Wk 12
Rochdale Under 15s V Old Rishworthians U15s
Sunday 23rd November

Yet another glorious morning for rugby, as Rochdale U15s travelled to Yorkshire, for a friendly match against Old Rishworthians. Previous encounters had this down as a close game and so it turned out.

Without Captain Nico Rizelli away (on Greater Manchester duties ) and Will Moore still injured, Rochdale took to the field with 16 players against an opposition with a 23 man squad. Rochdale started cautiously but after 10 minutes began to apply pressure on the Rishworthians line, but stout resilience from the home side kept Rochdale at bay.

Almost 20 minutes before the first score, Rishworthians won the ball and moved the ball out wide to a very pacey winger who rounded the Rochdale backs to score out wide, the difficult kick was well converted, Rishworthians 7-0 in the lead.

Fly half Andrew Dean who was skipper for the day, rallied his team and from the re start, Rochdale went straight on the attack. Second Row pairing Kyle Dixon and Brandon Marshall were ably supported by number 8, Steven Broad and it was Broad who forced his way through to score under the posts. Fullback Jonni Allen did the honours, 7-7 the scoreline.

Rishworthians came back at Rochdale and again worked the ball quickly outside to score a fine try under the posts, the kick was converted 14-7 to Rishworthians and the half time whistle blew. Rochdale started the second half with a substitution to the front row, Rhys Stone changing for one of the twins, (not sure if it was Will or John Armour), however despite coming across a much heavier pack, the Rochdale technique was far better and they won all of their scrums and hooker Jordan Clarke, stole a number of the Rishworthians put ins.

Time and time again the Rochdale team attacked, centre Harvey Mann was brought down by some superb tackling from Old Rishworthians. Despite Danny Mamood moving the ball swiftly, it wasn’t the best display of handling by Rochdale who spilled a lot of good opportunities.

Flankers Casey Brown and Bradley Fox were awesome, their constant ferocious tackling and rucking gave Rishworthians very little opportunity to get out of their own half and this resulted in Rishworthians trying to kick their way out of danger. Each time, Jonni Allen collecting the ball and running it back to the opposition and he was ably supported by his wing men Ryan Green and Curtis Ward.

An injury to Dylan Keay resulted in a substitution and the other twin came on as replacement so both twins were back on the field. Rochdale had been camped in Rishworthians half for almost all of the second half and despite their best efforts the Rishworthians defence held strong to the end. Final score 14-7 to the home team. A great game of rugby by both teams and all spectators applauded loudly at the end. The game was officiated well by the referee and Rochdale can be proud of this performance.

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2014/15 Fixtures at a glance
Fixtures for 2014/15
amended 23/11/14 - 4th team Raging Bull Cup game on 29 November added
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M & J Fixtures 2014/15
Mini and Junior Fixtures 2014/15 at a glance
Posted 15/09/14 - Fixtures v Bury added on 14/12/14
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Match Sponsorship 2014/15
Sponsors for 2014 15 season Published 01/09/2014
We now have pre match lunch sponsors for all our league games this season but there is a Lancashire Trophy match against Widnes to be played at Moorgate Avenue, probably on 14 February, 2014.  Please see Phil Hargreaves if you are interested in sponsoring this game.
The full list of league game sponsors is below.