With depleted squad
the head. More pressure resulted in a penalty, with the Max Lyth, playing at fly half, kicking into the corner, but Wigan won possession back from the resulting line-out and moved quickly into the Rossendale midfield for the first time since the yellow card.
Missed tackles led to an overlap on the right with Wigan scoring in the corner in what would be one of the last plays of the half, leaving the score at half time, 17-0 in their favour.
Dale started the second half well a kick and chase for the full back Tom Unsworth unluckily ran out of play.
The physical nature of the game continued, with ill-discipline from Wigan leading to several penalties.
Unfortunately Dale couldn’t convert pressure into points and Wigan again broke into the Rossendale half and only a last ditch challenge saved a try with the ball being held up.
From the resulting scrum, however, the Wigan number 8 picked the ball up and ran through to score the fourth try, which wasn’t converted. Whilst the score was against them, Dale continued to battle and their heads did not go down.
More pressure led to turnover ball in midfield which resulted in another yellow card for Wigan.
Again, Dale went through the phases and this time made it count with Oliver Molloy kicking through for Jacob Taylor to touch down a fully deserved try.
With the missed conversation the score was now 22-5.
The hosts continued to concede penalties in their own half, with more indiscipline in the face of Dale pressure, but another missed tackle created another overlap on the left hand side allowing the hosts to score, with the full back taking a difficult conversation to make the score 29-5.
Dale continued to battle on and forced an attacking scrum close to the Wigan try line, Mark Rutherford-Shaw picking up the back of the scrum ●● Action from Rossendale’s match against Wigan Senior Colts with Dale going through the phases but the ball was held up once again.
Yet more attacking play saw Oliver Molloy try another cross field kick which unluckily ran out of play and the match ended with the score 29-5s.
It was a good team performance from the weakened squad, with good showings again from Cole Lanigan at Hooker and Sam Irving who time and time again took the fight to the hosts. Special mention to Charlie Bishop for an excellent performance at loose head prop, playing only his second game since coming back to the team after a two year lay-off through injury. Rossendale’s Man of the Match was awarded to Mark Rutherford-Shaw.