Dale given the slipper by Sandal

Sandal 24 Rossendale 15

 

Down to 14 men for the whole of the second half due to the sending off of Danny Collins proved too much of a handicap as Rossendale lost for only the second time this season 24-15 away to Sandal.

Rossendale dominated play right from the kick off and without the opposition touching the ball, forceful driving play by the pack opened up a gap for Will Sharratt to cross wide out.

In a rare foray into the Rossendale half Sandal levelled matters with a try from Ian Jackson after Steve Nutt had failed to hack clear a difficult bouncing ball, the conversion by the outside half giving the home side the lead.

Rossendale came again with a catch and drive setting up the opportunity for Paddy Pole to power his way over, Nutt’s conversion restoring the advantage before Sandal narrowed the gap with a penalty close to half time after the visitors had lost Collins (below) for punching.

Rossendale still were having the better of both territory and possession as Nutt slotted a penalty but as the pressure of Sandal's extra man began to tell the Yorkshire side drew level with a try from Sam Chitavura, the conversion from Jackson putting Aandal ahead for the second time . At 17-15 Rossendale were still well in it and were unfortunate not to take the lead after Sam Lothian went over but the move was called back for a suspected forward pass from Jamie Albinson.

In the closing minutes Sandal sealed the win with a second try from Chitavura, Jackson again successful with the conversion.

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