Rochdale Hornets Away Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following an ill-disciplined defeat away at Doncaster, the Cougars hit the road once again this weekend as they travel to Rochdale.
This will be the second time this year that the Cougars and Hornets will come to blows after the Cougars run riot with a 58-4 victory at Cougar Park in pre-season.
Player-Coach Paul March, sin binned twice at the Keepmoat, will be hoping to have James ‘Buster’ Feather (Groin) and Danny Jones (Illness) back for the trip to Spotland.
Buster, whose presence was sorely missed at Doncaster, found out last week his groin injury wasn’t as bad as first feared but will have to undergo surgery at some point.
Marchy has also told the lads to up their game, telling the Keighley News: “We need to be better this week and I’m confident we will be. We let ourselves down at Doncaster and obviously I let the team down by getting sinbinned and us not picking up the bonus point. We probably didn’t deserve a bonus point out of it but we got ourselves back into it and obviously my sinbinning cost us.”
Rochdale’s first game of the new campaign last weekend saw them slip to a 42-12 defeat at home to one of this seasons front runners, the Dewsbury Rams.
Ian Talbot will have his two overseas recruits, Fijian international Ryan Millward and Kiwi utility man Sam Te’o available for selection for the first time.
Rochdale also have a number of St Helens youngsters available on dual registration in the shape of Mark Flanagan, Matty Dawson, Joe Greenwood, Greg Richards and Anthony Walker.