Gloucestershire All Golds 10
Rochdale Hornets 54
Six second half tries without reply from Rochdale Hornets sunk the Gloucestershire All Golds who had threatened a comeback just before the interval, writes Chris Wilson.
Tries from Jamie Crowther and Matt Bradley had cut the deficit from 18 points to just eight and the All Golds had gone into the dressing rooms with their tails up. They needed to score first in the second period but the Hornets took the initiative and pulled away for a comfortable win.
The All Golds competed strongly at the start and finish of the first period but were undone as the Hornets raced to an 18-0 lead with three tries in six minutes.
In a period where they had six consecutive sets, the Hornets finished clinically. They struck first after 14 minutes, Jordan Case stretching over on a last tackle play. Gareth Langley added the goal and converted Case’s second try just two minutes later, the loose forward stepping through a gap to the line.
Chris Hough booted a 40-20 and Langley crossed in the corner for the Hornets’ third try with a quarter of the game gone with Langley adding a good goal from the touchline.
However the All Golds revived before the interval and, given a share of possession, they pressed hard. Brendan Smith was held up over the line before Crowther crashed over under the posts, Bradley adding the goal.
Seven minutes later, Smith offloaded to Bradley who stretched out to touch down. The goal was missed but the All Golds had hope for the second period.
That hope was dashed within twelve minutes of the restart as the Hornets had doubled their tally and secured the points.
Mike Ratu came off the bench to drive his team forward and Jon Cookson crashed over under the posts for Langley to convert. Four minutes later, some slick handling instigated by Ratu ended with Steve Roper strolling under the posts. Ratu went over himself shortly afterwards as the All Golds defence opened up too easily out wide.
The home side struggled to retain the ball and conceded again just past the hour mark. Warren Thompson was denied in the corner by a three man tackle but slipped the ball inside to Chris Hough for the score.
The All Golds pushed hard for a consolation score but the Hornets defence was in no mood to concede and they showed their sharpness on attack with two late tries.
With ten minutes left, Wayne English made a superb break just inside the All Golds’ half and Danny Yates was in support to score. The final try came with five minutes left, Yates skipping through a gap before feeding his winger and staying alive to accept the return pass. Langley completed his perfect day with the boot with the goal and the All Golds travel to league leaders North Wales Crusaders next week still seeking their first league win.
ALL GOLDS: 1 Phil Cowburn; 16 Maxime Claustres, 19 Lewis Reece, 3 Callum Mulkeen, 5 Tim Bergin (Capt.); 6 James Greene, 7 Matt Bradley; 20 Brendan Smith, 11 Matthew Blake, 21 Chris Clough, 10 Tyla Hepi, 12 Richard Jones; 13 Jordan Rice. REPLACEMENTS: 22 Jamie Crowther 15 Marcus Brown, 8 Chris Vitilini, 24 Mike Venn.
Scorers: Tries; Jamie Crowther (28), Matt Bradley (35), Goals; Matt Bradley 1 from 2.
HORNETS: 1 Wayne English; 2 Gareth Langley, 16 Danny Davies, 23 Dave Hull, 17 Martin Waring; 32 Danny Yates, 7 Steven Roper; 10 Warren Thompson, 31 Chris Hough, 29 Carl Forster; 11 Chris Baines, 26 Dave Llewellyn; 13 Jordan Case. REPLACEMENTS: 30 Dominic Speakman, 8 John Cookson, 22 Mike Ratu, 12 Dayne Donoghue.
Scorers: Tries; Jordan Case (14, 16), Gareth Langley (20), Jon Cookson (45), Steve Roper (49), Mike Ratu (52), Chris Hough (61), Danny Yates (69, 75), Goals; Gareth Langley 9 from 9.
Scoring Sequence: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18, 6-18, 10-18, (HT), 10-24, 10-30, 10-36, 10-42, 10-48, 10-54, (FT).
GAMEBREAKER: Three tries in seven minutes at the start of the second half doubled the Hornets score and eased them to a comfortable victory.
GAMESTAR: Mike Ratu’s introduction from the bench stepped up the Hornets’ intensity and he was the catalyst for the second half surge that saw them grab three tries in seven minutes to seal the game.
Man of the Match:
All Golds – Tim Bergin
Hornets – Mike Ratu
All Golds – 4, Hornets – 7
All Golds – none, Hornets – none
All Golds – none, Hornets – none
All Golds – 0, Hornets – 0
Half Time Score: 10-18
Referee: David Sharpe (RFL Appointment)
Touch Judges: Joachim Abimelech, N Walker