COACH Andy Key says his Titans side "just weren't good enough" as they suffered a potentially damning home defeat against Jersey — a result which leaves the Clifton Lane side adrift at the bottom of the Championship.
Despite only being in November the relegation trapdoor is yawning after Rotherham's ninth straight defeat which leaves them a hefty 13 points behind this Saturday's opponents London Scottish in a game they must win to keep alive any lingering hopes of survival.
Saturday's 45-14, six-tries-to-one home battering by the Islanders was a hammer blow to Key, who said afterwards: "We just weren't good enough on the day. The players said that in the huddle afterwards, very passionately and very honestly."
In the team's worst performance of the season, given what was at stake, Jersey scored first before Titans hit back with three Caolan Ryan penalties.
But after that it was one-way traffic as the visitors led 17-9 at half-time and then kicked on in the second, adding 28 unanswered points before Charlie Maddison scored a late consolation.
The result puts Jersey who, along with Scottish, are one of the survival target clubs, 17 points clear of Key's men.
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