Un­der 14s of­fer promis­ing show

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

AF­TER a nar­row de­feat in the cup to Rossendale last week, Rochdale were look­ing to get back to win­ning ways with a home tie against Hud­der­s­field.

The vis­i­tors started with the wind be­hind which al­lowed them to pin Rochdale back for long pe­ri­ods.

The early ex­changes were fairly even; Hud­der­s­field were try­ing to get their large winger into the ac­tion and Rochdale were ex­ert­ing pres­sure at the set piece.

Rochdale’s scrum has been im­prov­ing re­cently and it con­tin­ued in this game, se­cur­ing all their ball and some of the op­po­si­tion’s.

With close games it’s the small mar­gins that make the dif­fer­ence and, af­ter a crunch­ing tackle in mid­field, Hud­der­s­field were even­tu­ally able to turnover the ball and feed the winger, who got into full stride and bumped off sev­eral Rochdale tack­lers be­fore cross­ing the line.

Rochdale had a pe­riod of dom­i­nance but were un­able to break down a very solid Hud­der­s­field de­fence, at­tempt­ing to use power when guile might have been a bet­ter op­tion.

The home side fell for the “sucker punch” right on half time, al­low­ing the strong-run­ning Hud­der­s­field cen­tre to break out of sev­eral weak tack­les when his progress had ap­peared to have been stopped.

Trail­ing 14-0 at the in­ter­val, Rochdale knew they could play with the wind at their backs in the sec­ond half and, sure enough, this al­lowed them to camp in the Hud­der­s­field half for most of it.

They even­tu­ally made this ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage pay when the for­wards man­aged to split the de­fence to al­low Gar­ratt My­ers the op­por­tu­nity to power over and add to his grow­ing tally for the year.

Hud­der­s­field were there for the tak­ing dur­ing this pe­riod of sec­ond half dom­i­nance and this was com­pounded by some illd­is­ci­pline lead­ing to a suc­ces­sion of penal­ties.

Un­for­tu­nately for Rochdale, they were un­able to turn this dom­i­nance into points.

The killer blow was struck when Hud­der­s­field turned over an­other ball and trans­ferred it to their small, speedy winger who out flanked the Rochdale de­fence to sprint in from 60 me­tres.

There were plenty of good things to come from the game; the set pieces went very well, Rochdale caught and drove well in the line-out. New winger Danny No­bis had an ex­cep­tional break from his own 22 demon­strat­ing his power and speed.

Things to im­prove on are the de­ci­sion mak­ing; when to use the for­ward power and when to move the ball wide: bet­ter sup­port for the ball car­rier nu­mer­ous times if a player made a break, the sup­port was too far be­hind and this al­lowed the de­fence to steal the un­pro­tected ball.

The pieces of the jig­saw are all there we just need to put them to­gether and the re­wards will come.

Rochdale host Lit­tle­bor­ough to­mor­row in what is al­ways a very close but en­ter­tain­ing match.

Bruce My­ers

Ac­tion from Rochdale un­der 14s clash against Hud­der­s­field

Ac­tion from Rochdale un­der 14s clash against Hud­der­s­field

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