Sheffield Eagles backed up their Summer Bash victory over Swinton Lions with a 38-14 win against Rochdale Hornets at the Beaumont Legal Stadium. Garry Lo was the star of the show for the Eagles with a five-try performance, equalling a club record.
Lo opened the scoring after six minutes when he finished off a move which involved a great break from Ben Blackmore. Simon Brown, who needed just two points to reach 1000 for his career, was off target with his conversion attempt. Lo doubled his tally for the match as a grubber from Brown caused trouble for Miles Greenwood and the PNG winger capitalised. Brown’s wait for his 1000th career point continued as his conversion went wide. The rest of the first half was scrappy as both sides were guilty of ball handling errors, frustrating the two sets of fans. Jono Smith cut the deficit to a couple of points with a converted try moments before half-time after the Hornets gained another set of six thanks to Greg Burns’ failed one-on-one ball steal. Lewis Palfrey added the extras.
Three tries in the space of seven minutes gave Sheffield an unassailable advantage. Lo completed his hat-trick by barrelling over Chris Riley on his way to the whitewash before Menzie Yere and Jack Owens both finished impressive moves. Brown converted two of the three tries as Sheffield moved 24-6 up. The hour mark saw Ben Blackmore hobble off the field injured, leaving Mark Aston to mix the team up as Elliot Minchella moved to centre and Paddy Flynn to the wing. Minchella had to wait two minutes in his centre slot to get on the scoresheet as he dotted down a Brown grubber. The half-back converted. From the kickoff, Rochdale gained the ball and scored through Rob Massam. Palfrey missed the conversion, as he did following Massam’s second try of the contest after the former North Wales winger ran a great line. Sheffield finished the game in style courtesy of two more tries from Lo. Burns made a superb break down the middle of the field to set up field position for Lo to dive over from dummy-half. The last set of the game brought Lo’s fifth try, with the winger showing immense speed that Rochdale had no answer for.