TITANS coach Andy Key hit the nail on the head after his side’s astonishing defeat at Cornish Pirates. “To score 47 points is very good,” he said, “but to concede 62 is unacceptable.”
In one of the most entertaining games seen for years at the Mennaye Field, Rotherham played their part in a 15-try feast, scoring seven themselves and hauling themselves to within a score of taking the lead deep into the second half at 52-47 before the home side pulled clear in the latter stages.
While Key was delighted with Titans’ go-forward, his team playing some delicious attacking rugby, the shipping of eight tries took to total conceded in the four games this season to a worrying 24.
“That game was more about our character,” said Key afterwards. “We have a never-say-die attitude from from a realistic point if view we can’t afford to keep on conceding tries like that.”
Titans got off to a shocking start, Pirates going 14-0 up within three minutes through Pete Laverick and Alex O’Meara tries. But Rhodri Davies quickly pulled one back and the slug fest continued as the hosts led 38-28 at the break, a penalty try and touch downs from Luke Peters and Tom Williams keeping Rotherham in the game, all converted by Lee Millar.
Afterwards, it continued in the same vain, Davies making amends for earlier poor tacking by scoring another two and Titans’ other coming from Luke Davies.
But Pirates, themselves abject in defence at times, just managed to stay at arm’s length, although they were distinctly nervous when the visitors made it a five-point game with 18 minutes to go, before regaining their momentum and notching a late penalty try followed by a penalty.
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