Swinton Lions 23-22 Rochdale Hornets


A drop-goal from Chris Atkin proved to be the difference between Swinton Lions and Rochdale Hornets at Heywood Road on Easter Monday. The Lions, who have been on the receiving end of a few tight scorelines this season, managed to pick up a great 23-22 win on home turf. However, the game wasn’t without disappointment for the hosts who now have to deal with injuries to Anthony Nicholson and Jack Murphy.

Swinton led 10-8 at the break after a try from Mike Butt and two penalties courtesy of Chris Atkin. Lewis Galbraith scored Rochdale’s four pointer, with Lewis Palfrey converting and adding a further two points later on in the half.

After the restart, and just a few minutes after Murphy was helped from the field, Rochdale took the lead thanks to a try from Rob Massam. Palfrey was unable to convert. Jordan Hand was sin-binned on his Hornets debut and in his absence, Swinton notched two tries – one either side of the hour mark. Connor Dwyer and Andy Bracek were the try-scorers for the Lions, whose cause was helped moments after the latter touched down as Rochdale’s Jo Taira was sent off. But the Hornets never know when they’re beaten and they had the chance to take the lead after Massam and Samir Tahraoui both touched down. Tahraoui’s score was deemed an eight point try but Palfrey’s conversion was unsuccessful, although he did kick the ensuing goal from in front of the sticks. At 22-22, it was anyone’s game and with five minutes to go Atkin slotted over a one pointer which proved decisive.

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back000000
2Shaun RobinsonWing000000
4Rhodri LloydCentre000000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half051001
8Rob Lever 15Interchange000000
9Anthony Nicholson 22Interchange000000
11Connor Dwyer 24Second Row100000
14Ben WhiteStand Off000000
15Andy Bracek 8Prop100000
16Anthony BateProp000000
17Oliver Davies 19Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 17Prop000000
21Mike ButtWing100000
22Luke Waterworth 9Hooker000000
24Adam Jones 11Interchange000000
 Total 351001

Rochdale Hornets

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Miles GreenwoodWing000000
2Chris RileyFull Back000000
4Lewis GalbraithCentre100000
5Rob MassamWing200000
6Lewis PalfreyStand Off030000
7Danny YatesScrum Half000000
8Samir Tahraoui 16Prop100000
9Ben Moores 14Hooker000000
11Jono Smith 17Second Row000000
12Josh CrowleySecond Row000000
13Gary MiddlehurstLoose Forward000000
14Ryan Maneely 9Interchange000000
15Jovili Taira 18Interchange000010
16Matty Hadden 8Interchange000000
17Lee Mitchell 11Interchange000000
19Jordan CaseCentre000000
18Jordan Hand 15Prop000100
 Total 430110

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 17, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Monday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions101323
Rochdale Hornets81422