Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rochdale Ready for TV Date

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rochdale Ready for TV Date

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ROCHDALE'S 2019 Betfred Championship campaign will now get underway before the Sky Sports cameras after yesterday's fixture against Dewsbury was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Hornets welcome Toronto Wolfpack to the Crown Oil Arena next Sunday afternoon and all of the Canadian side's games are televised this season. Oldham's final pre-season friendly against League 1 rivals Newcastle Thunder was also lost to the weather.

However, Leigh kicked off their season in spectacular style with a 24-16 victory over Toulouse Olympique at Leigh Sports Village.

On the back of just one official warm-up fixture, under a new coach in John Duffy and with a muchchanged squad, the Centurions powered to victory against their French visitors, a team expected to challenge for the Championship title.

After going behind in the opening stages, Leigh hit back through Jonny Pownall, Stefan Marsh and Matty Costello to take a 16-12 lead into the halftime break. …

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