Gateshead Thunder outclassed by Rochdale Hornets

For the second time this season Gateshead Thunder slipped to defeat against Rochdale Hornets

Gateshead Thunder Rugby League action
Gateshead Thunder Rugby League action

Gateshead Thunder slipped to a 42-point defeat against Rochdale Hornets for the second time this season after the visitors ran in eight tries at Filtrona Park.

The second-top against second-bottom Championship One clash went the way of the form book as the Hornets scored four tries in each half.

Thunder managed to avoid a pointless afternoon when centre Chris Heil scored 10 minutes from time, but it was no more than a consolation.

The Tyneside outfit, playing at their third ‘home’ ground of the season, came up with too many handling errors allowing Rochdale to capitalise.

After a bright opening from Gateshead, Hornets’ experienced full-back Wayne English hit a gap to score the first of his two tries.

Prop John Cookson then powered over from another Chris Hough pass before Thunder suffered a double whammy on the half hour.

Instead of potentially halving the deficit Sam Latus fumbled a pass close to the Hornets line and a quick break saw Adam Swift score in the corner.

There was further damage when Dom Speakman added a fourth try and English was over for his second six minutes after the break.

Despite the best efforts of Stephen Welton and captain Jason Payne Gateshead were outclassed. Gareth Langley’s clever chip and gather brought the Hornets’ sixth try and then Dayne Donoghue profited from a kick that came back off the post.

Mike Ratu’s strong run took Rochdale to within four points of the half century mark but it was Thunder who had the final say when Heil sprinted from halfway to touchdown.

GATESHEAD THUNDER: Latus, Johnson, Brown, Heil, Neilson, Nicholas, B.Hardcastle, Green, Stamp, Fewlass, Ollett, Payne, Cockburn. Subs: (all used) Condron, Blades, Welton, Borthwick.

Referee: Peter Brooke

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