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1st XV - Match centre

Stockport
Rochdale
D SCHOFIELD (2), J WILSON, T EATON, K HIBBS
Full time
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
T EATON (4)
Unknown, Unknown
Sat 11 Nov 14:15 - Northern Division - North One West

HEADLANDS ROAD BONUS POINT TAKES 1ST XV BACK TO 2ND PLACE

Despite good opposition from Rochdale, the Stockport backs put on a good display of running, well supported by the forwards to gain a 33-24 victory

Report by Mike Atkinson

STOCKPORT 33 ROCHDALE 24

Stockport returned to 2nd place in the table with a bonus point victory at Headlands Road, against a Rochdale side, whose league position belies the way they played, providing a very stern challenge for Stockport. Stockport scored an early try but Rochdale were very much in the game and were within one score at half time and soon after the break only 2 points down. But the Stockport backs put on a good display of running, well supported by the forwards and the final score was 33-24 with Rochdale earning a well deserved try bonus point with a score in the closing moments of the match

After only 5 minutes Stockport’s Dean SCHOFIELD scored a try as a Rochdale clearance kick from a 5 metre scrum was charged down and the ball bounced back to Schofield for an easy touch down, Tom EATON converted. Rochdale were quick to respond and they gained possession at a scrum following the kick off and moved the ball wide right, then back to the left and their wing scored having beaten the attempted tackling by Stockport, with no conversion it was 7-5 after only 10 minutes. An interception on the Stockport 22 by wing James Keane stopped a certain try and put Stockport on the attack. A line out on 30 metres was won and the ball moved left along the backs to give fullback Joe WILSON a try wide out, with no conversion it was 12-5. A good break and run by centre George SMITH put Stockport on the attack again and a quick penalty tap was taken by scrum half Tom DUFFY and after 2 phases there was another try for Scholfield and a conversion for Eaton for a 19-5 lead. The visitors were determined to make a game of it and always looked dangerous on the counter attack with some good running, particularly by their No 13.and after 25 minutes they had another try after putting some good phases together, the conversion brought them to 19-12, which is how it stood at half time.

Tom EATON made a very good break early in the half but it was the visitors who scored first after counter attacking from a Stockport clearance, Rochdale kept the ball alive and scored wide out on the left to make it 19-17 and a very close game after 52 minutes. A good drive by the Stockport forwards won a penalty near the Rochdale line and Eaton took it quickly to go over for a try, which he converted to give Stockport a more comfortable lead at 26-17, with 15 minutes to go. Rochdale had a good chance when a penalty took them to the Stockport 22 and they won another penalty in front of the Stockport posts, opting for the scrum they knocked on and Stockport cleared their lines. A blindside break by Simon GREEN from a scrum allowed Tom DUFFY to kick ahead and pressure on the Rochdale full back by James KEAN gave Stockport a line out, the drive for the Rochdale line resulted in a try for skipper Kieran HIBBS, Tom EATON was again on target and Stockport had a convincing 33-17 lead. But it was the visitors who had the last word, going through many phases for their strong running No 8 to get a try, which was converted to give them a bonus point.

There is a rest week next weekend and then it is away at Warrington on 25 November.

Key moments

9:00
Try Dean SCHOFIELD scores for Stockport
9:30
Conversion Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
12:00
Try Try for Rochdale
20:00
Try Joe WILSON scores for Stockport
29:00
Try Dean SCHOFIELD scores for Stockport
29:00
Conversion Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
36:00
Try Try for Rochdale
36:30
Conversion Conversion for Rochdale
44:00
Try Try for Rochdale
56:00
Try Tom EATON scores for Stockport
56:30
Conversion Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
80:00
Try Kieran HIBBS scores for Stockport
80:00 +0:30
Conversion Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
80:00 +3:00
Try Try for Rochdale
80:00 +3:30
Conversion Conversion for Rochdale

Videos and photos

1st XV v Rochdale (H) 111117
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Highlights

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80:00 +3:30 Conversion 33 - 24
Conversion for Rochdale
80:00 +3:00 Try 33 - 22
Try for Rochdale
80:00 +0:30 Conversion 33 - 17
Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
80:00 Try 31 - 17
Kieran HIBBS scores for Stockport
56:30 Conversion 26 - 17
Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
56:00 Try 24 - 17
Tom EATON scores for Stockport
44:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Rochdale
44:00 Try 19 - 17
Try for Rochdale
End of period 1
36:30 Conversion 19 - 12
Conversion for Rochdale
36:00 Try 19 - 10
Try for Rochdale
29:00 Try 17 - 5
Dean SCHOFIELD scores for Stockport
29:00 Conversion 19 - 5
Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
20:30 Missed Conversion
Tom EATON misses a conversion for Stockport
20:00 Try 12 - 5
Joe WILSON scores for Stockport
12:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Rochdale
12:00 Try 7 - 5
Try for Rochdale
9:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom EATON kicks a conversion for Stockport
9:00 Try 5 - 0
Dean SCHOFIELD scores for Stockport
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stockport
  • Rochdale
  • 0
  • Dean SCHOFIELD Try 9:00'
  • Tom EATON Conversion 9:30'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Joe WILSON Try 20:00'
  • Dean SCHOFIELD Try 29:00'
  • Tom EATON Conversion 29:00'
  • Try 36:00'
  • Conversion 36:30'
  • Try 44:00'
  • Tom EATON Try 56:00'
  • Tom EATON Conversion 56:30'
  • Kieran HIBBS Try 80:00'
  • Tom EATON Conversion 80:00 +0:30'
  • Try 80:00 +3:00'
  • Conversion 80:00 +3:30'

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1. Vale of Lune 9 41
2. Stockport 10 37
3. Warrington 10 35
4. Northwich 10 34
5. Wilmslow 10 31
6. Blackburn 10 28
7. Burnage 10 27

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