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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 …

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Dale held at Hargate Hill

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

On a wild day in the Derbyshire hills Dale attempted to hold on to their 100% record for the season in the last game of 2019. The game was in doubt until a pitch inspection on Saturday morning but the pitch was deemed fit by match officals , this was as well as Glossop were celebrating their 50th anniversary playing …

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Dale Celebrate in Style

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

On the day Dale centre Ollie Coldman celebrated his 30th, birthday Dale celebrated their twelfth win in a row keeping them top of the division. On a rainy and blustery afternoon at Moorgate Avenue newly promoted Eccles came to spoil the party in what promised to be a tasty encounter. Sean Needham was back for the home side, Gui de …

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Dale impressive win to stay on top

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Dale travelled to Salford for what promised to be a tough encounter with recently promoted De La Salle, Sean Needham was missing but otherwise a full strength team. They started well and within five minutes were in the lead when Ross Hartley broke through near the left touchline to score Nick Ahearn added the extras 7-0. Ahearn tried  chip over …

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Impressive 5 point performance from Dale

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

If last year’s result was anything to go by Dale would meet their toughest challenge so far in a Bolton side who have made a good start in the Division. With Tom Hindle returning as captain along with Sean Needham and the welcome return of Jonny Bradley, Dale had a near full strength side and it promised to be a great game. In near perfect …

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Rochdale Cement First Place

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

Dale secured all 5 points and first place in the Division with a very professional performance at a windy Aspull ground. Danny Collins was able with the exception of Sean Needham and Tom Hindle to name his strongest side for his tricky away match against a side promoted twice in the last three years who play some nice rugby and …

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Townsend Takes On Anselmians

In 1st XV Match Reports by Rochdale Rugby

After a very wet week at Moorgate Avenue the referee decided that the first team pitch was unplayable so the game moved to the Hill pitch normally the domain of the 2nd XV. Danny Collins was able to field a largely unchanged team from the one that won last week at Aspatria. Chris Hodgkinson playing at wing forward and Josh …