TITANS coach Andy Key has been quick to praise his side's effort despite suffering another heavy defeat as Ealing ran out 45-10 winners at Clifton Lane in the British and Irish Cup.
After an even first half which ended 10-10, Drew Cheshire having put Key's men ahead in the fourth minute along with a Lee Millar conversion and penalty, Rotherham were crushed like a cheap tissue in the second half as the Londoners ran in five unanswered tries.
But Key says that defeat against a side second in the Championship wasn't unexpected given the welter of injuries and illnesses which have stuck the camp in the build-up to the game.
"One thing about this side it that they bounce back well and we have had a bad week in terms of those illness and injury problems," says Key.
"We were very pleased with the character of the side but we knew that that first half wasn't going to be acceptable to them,
"That was after a week in which we've only been able to train for one day. I'm really pleased with the way the boys stepped up considering all of that."
The key to Ealing's second half barrage was a half-time rollocking form coach, the former Lane chief Alex Codling.
After a stodgy first period, which brought tries for Luke Daniels and Alun Walker, Ealing ran riot with further scores from Lewis Jones (2), Harry Casson, Grayson Hart, Lewis Robling while Rotherham rarely threatened the visiting 22.
The sides meet again in the cup in London next Saturday.