Hornets fresh after week off

Rochdale’s Craig Johnson joins season-long casualties Lee McGovern and Adam Wayne on the sidelines after being given a two-match suspension by the RFL’s disciplinary committee.

Hornets did not play last week, and coach John Stankevitch said: “It was massively useful to have a free weekend.

“It freshened us up mentally, and I think there’s a big difference between where we are in the league compared to where people thought we’d be.

“I’m absolutely made up with the amount of work the players are putting in, and the way they’ve bought into what we’re trying to achieve.”

York’s Richard Blakeway faces a late fitness test on a knee problem, but director of rugby Dave Woods does not expect him to be available.

Woods said: “Richard will probably miss this week, but hopefully Jordan Ross will be back. His knee is still a little bit sore but I think he’ll be OK for Sunday.”

Woods added: “We only played Rochdale a couple of weeks ago and we only just beat them then. We need to make sure we’re on our game this week.”

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