Rochdale Hornets 34 - 6 North Wales Crusaders
Date published: 22 July 2012
Hornets cruised to an easy, if somewhat bruising, victory over North Wales Crusaders - the visitors frequently high with their tackles.
After a slow start, Bloomfield scored the first two tries for Hornets before a mistake by Crook gifted Crusaders their only try of the game, Sheen intercepting his pass and running half the length of the field to score - converted by Johnson.
Roper finished a superb move started by Middlehurst, who shrugged off a number of tackles, to give Hornets a 16-6 half time lead.
Second half was all Hornets and the visitors were constantly on the back foot.
Wayne English added two tries, Crook kicked a penalty and Leather finished off an already defeated Crusaders with a try in the corner.
The win keeps Hornets above Oldham in the table and narrows the gap to fourth place Whitehaven, next weeks' visitors to Spotland, to 3 points.
Hornets Tries: Bloomfield, (2) Roper, English (2), Leather
Hornets Goals: Crook
Crusaders Try: Sheen
Crusaders Goal: Johnson
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