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Quality and control at Keswick

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Keswick 24 Rochdale 34 On a grey rainy day in Cumbria Rochdale dominated a youthful Keswick side in what was definitely a game of two halves. Rochdale were without Tom Hindle and Shaun Needham but welcomed newcomer Callum Mulkeen and Harry Hayes promoted off the bench. In a lively opening 5 minutes Dale conceded a penalty for a high tackle …

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Warrington Worn Down

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Rochdale 38 Warrington 25 Dale faced changes in the pack with Tom Callaghan out for several weeks and Jonny Bradley unavailable in came Dale Slamon to the front row with Harry Hill and Kyle Parry at hooker. Another welcome return was Shaun Needham to inspire the younger lads from the 2nd row. Warrington fielded a big pack and the game …

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Comeback at Cockermouth

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Cockermouth 17 Rochdale 19 Rochdale made the long trip to newly promoted Cockermouth with several enforced changes from the side that beat Orrell so convincingly last week, Chris Hodgkinson came into the 2nd row and captain Dom Serridge moving to scrum half , Blair Henry replaced Pat Gillian on the wing with Jack Green at fly half. On a bright …

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Dale keep their heads to secure win

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Bolton 29 Rochdale 37 Despite being without Sean Needham , Ross Hartley and Ollie Coldman  and with Travis Townsend en route back from Portugal Dale fielded a strong side with Danny Joesbury at scrum half and Eddie Shanks in the second row,  the team had a nice balance with old heads Tom Callaghan and Tom Hindle leading the pack. The …

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Rochdale persevere in tetchy game

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Rochdale 33 Aspull 20 As the recent wet weather had abated, Rochdale were able for the first time in a couple of months to play this game on the 1st team pitch. This enabled them to use the wider dimensions of the pitch to test the Aspull team’s fitness. Before kick-off, both teams plus those from the 2nd team home …

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Determined Dale overcome Aspatria

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Rochdale 25  Aspatria 20 Rochdale stay second in the league after a battling performance  in terrible conditions, the referee deemed the first team pitch unplayable due to heavy rain and so the game went to the hill pitch. Aspatria have a name as a tough side and they had not made the three hour journey from Cumbria to roll over …

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Winnington worn down

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

After four minutes play Dom Serridge made the break and continued in good support play as he scored the opening try for ‘Dale and supporters hopes of beating our “bogie” team were raised. But for a strong breeze Nick Ahearn would have had a better day with the boot; as it was, he did hit the upright twice, once with …

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Southport Shocker for Dale

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Despite having their Talisman Sean Needham missing and with three other forwards on the injury list Rochdale welcomed back young prop Beltus Nonleh he started on the bench. On a bright sunny afternoon all looked set for a great game of rugby with Dale needing to carry on with winning ways, however it was the home side who made all …

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Sparkling Dale Sink Sefton

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

If Danny Collins was looking for a reaction to last week’s performance at Manchester he certainly got one against struggling Sefton on Saturday. Still with seven changes in his starting 15 Collins went for an attacking style of rugby to which Sefton had no answer. With Kyle Parry at hooker and new prop Bret Stumbilitch making his home debut Dale …

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No Picnic at Grove Park

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Manchester 36 Rochdale 10 With the exception of Ollie Coldman [injured] and Harry Hill [suspended] coach Danny Collins had a full strength team with Travis Townsend on the bench. Rochdale had beaten Manchester in the second game of the season but did not have a good record at Grove Park. A good sized crowd for this top of the table …