Rochdale Hornets 18-28 Hull Kingston Rovers


Hull Kingston Rovers were pushed all the way by Rochdale Hornets at the Crown Oil Arena but Tim Sheens’ men triumphed 28-18 to extend their unbeaten start to the season. Despite missing three of his first four conversion attempts, Jamie Ellis guided his team to victory with two penalty goals and a conversion in the second half. Thomas Minns was also a key performer for the Robins with two tries to his name.

Rochdale started the match in fine fashion as Gary Middlehurst touched down after just six minutes. Lewis Palfrey converted and the Hornets were buzzing. However, Rovers hit back with four tries although Ellis could only convert on one occasion. Kieren Moss and Andrew Heffernan registered a try apiece while Minns crossed the whitewash twice to give the Robins a bit of breathing space.

After the restart, Danny Yates cut the deficit to six points as he notched a converted score for the hosts before Ellis kicked a penalty goal to restore his side’s two score advantage. Hornets hooker Ben Moores then breached the visitors’ try line and with Palfrey on target once again, Alan Kilshaw’s men were within two points of their opponents. Unfortunately for the newly promoted side, they couldn’t find a winner and the experience of Shaun Lunt shone through as he touched down for the winner prior to Ellis booting over another penalty.

Rochdale Hornets

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Miles GreenwoodFull Back000000
2Chris RileyWing000000
3Jake EcclestonCentre000000
4Lewis GalbraithCentre000000
5Rob MassamWing000000
6Lewis PalfreyStand Off030000
7Danny YatesScrum Half100000
8Samir Tahraoui 16Prop000000
9Ben Moores 14Hooker100000
10Gavin Bennion 19Prop000000
12Josh Crowley 15Second Row000000
13Gary MiddlehurstLoose Forward100000
14Ryan Maneely 9Interchange000000
15Jovili Taira 12Interchange000000
16Matty Hadden 8Interchange000000
17Danny BridgeSecond Row000000
19Jordan Case 10Interchange000000
 Total 330000

Hull Kingston Rovers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Adam QuinlanFull Back000000
3Thomas MinnsCentre200001
5Ryan ShawWing000000
7Jamie EllisScrum Half040000
8Nick Scruton 33Prop000000
9Shaun LuntHooker100000
11Maurice Blair 15Second Row000000
12James Greenwood 21Second Row000000
13Danny AddyLoose Forward000000
14Chris Clarkson 17Interchange000000
15James Donaldson 11Interchange000000
16Jordan AbdullStand Off000000
17Mitch Clark 14Prop000000
21Rob Mulhern 12Interchange000000
22Andrew HeffernanWing100000
32Kieren MossFull Back100000
33Ben Kavanagh 8Interchange000000
 Total 540001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 19, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Rochdale Hornets61218
Hull Kingston Rovers181028