Sed­g­ley shut out by im­pres­sive un­der 14s

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

AFTER last week’s im­pres­sive vic­tory over Black­burn, the ques­tion fac­ing Rochdale’s un­der 14s was whether they could re­peat the qual­ity of that per­for­mance and reg­is­ter suc­ces­sive wins. They were on the road again, but had only the short jour­ney to Sed­g­ley Park.

De­fences dom­i­nated the early ex­changes; Tay­lor Hart­ley and Gar­rett My­ers were get­ting the for­wards over the gain-line sup­ported by Kai Pot­ter.

In the back line, Chris McCon­nell (step­ping into the cen­tre fol­low­ing Will Sim­mons’ in­jury the week be­fore) and James Tasker were run­ning good lines and cre­at­ing space for the out­side backs.

With de­fences on top, it was no sur­prise that the first try came from a forced er­ror. The Rochdale backs were up in the faces of the op­po­si­tion and, when the ball came loose, Ol­lie Simp­son scooped up the bob­bling ball and scooted over from five me­tres.

The game fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern for the re­main­der of the first half but nei­ther team could reg­is­ter ad­di­tional points.

The mes­sage from the touch­line was more of the same for the se­cond half. Rochdale pro­ceeded to build a solid plat­form based on the for­wards get­ting over the gain-line be­fore mov­ing the ball wide.

Sed­g­ley were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get out of their own half, how­ever, they were al­ways a threat and at­tempted to run al­most all pos­ses­sion, but Rochdale’s smother de­fence was dom­i­nat­ing. When they did try to clear their lines by kick­ing, Nick Wright re­turned the ball and the pres­sure re­turned too.

Rochdale turned this pres­sure into points when the Sed­g­ley de­fence fi­nally re­lented and Hart­ley got the try his work rate de­served.

Mitchell Holt added the ex­tras and the game was slid­ing away from Sed­g­ley.

Rochdale main­tained the pres­sure. Danny No­bis, Matty Pendle­bury and Ben Ker­shaw ran the ball well on the flanks and Holt con­trolled the game from 10. Ben Sun­der­land pro­vided the link play with runs, passes and cover tack­les.

The for­wards com­bined bril­liantly all day with James O’Con­nell, Char­lie Bleack­ley, Brad Row­ley, Joel Rigby, Ben­dan Hank­in­son, Billy Pirouzan and Paddy Ker­shaw clear­ing rucks, drov­ing mauls and un­der­tak­ing all the un­her­alded work. All in all, a well-rounded per­for­mance with ev­ery player con­tribut­ing. The fi­nal play saw Matty Dear­den get his re­ward for con­stantly har­ry­ing the Sed­g­ley backs, fall­ing on a loose ball over the try­line, to reg­is­ter a seven-pointer.

The fi­nal score of 19-0 was im­pres­sive, and to pre­vent a team of Sed­g­ley’s qual­ity from scor­ing a point was a real achieve­ment. There were some great in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive per­for­mances, but Tay­lor Hart­ley’s di­rect run­ning and ap­petite for hard work saw him claim the MOTM award.

Gar­rett My­ers, Billy Pirouzan, James O’Con­nell, Paddy Ker­shaw, Tay­lor Hart­ley, Ben­dan Hank­in­son, Char­lie Bleack­ley, Ben Sun­der­land, Joel Rigby, Kai Pot­ter, Brad Row­ley, Matthew Dear­den, Mitchell Holt, James Tasker, Chris McCon­nell, Matty Pendle­bury, Ben Ker­shaw, Daniel No­bis, Oliver Simp­son, Nick Wright

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