Rotherham Titans gun for revenge against strugglers

By David Beddows | 11/01/2019

Rotherham Titans gun for revenge against strugglers
Jamie Cooke starts at outside centre for Rotherham against Birmingham Moseley this weekend.

ROTHERHAM Titans will be primed and ready for a physical battle when they take on uncompromising Birmingham Moseley at Clifton Lane tomorrow.

Joe Barker's side were on the wrong end of an ambush in the first meeting between the teams back in September, going down 28-22.

Moseley have struggled this season, winning just half a dozen games in National One, but a 41-31 victory over fellow strugglers Bishop's Stortford last weekend has raised spirits.

“We are a different squad and team now compared to the last time we played Moseley,” Titans head coach Joe Barker told the Advertiser.

“We're expecting a very physical battle against them. They like to maul and set piece and kick penalties, hence why their kicker (James Williams) is top of the points chart in the division.

 “If we can match them up front and in the set piece with their physicality and size then hopefully we can get into the game because we know we can play.”

Callum Irvine (right) and Henry Roberts are both back in the starting XV.

Rotherham, in fifth, have made six changes to the team which lost at Rosslyn Park last week, a result which snapped a run of five straight wins.

The fit-again Callum Irvine comes in for Tom Allott at full-back, Jamie Cooke replaces Harry Dunne at outside centre and Henry Roberts takes Connor Field’s place on the wing.

Jack Bergamanas, Rikkie Stought and Kieran Frost are recalled to the forwards in place of Ali Thomson, Will Dennis and Jamie Ure, who is due to see a specialist about his injured shoulder.

Kick-off is 2pm.

Titans: Callum Irvine; Dan Leake, Jamie Cooke, Ellis Abrahams, Henry Roberts;  Joe Barker, Connor Dever; Dan Richardson, Jack Bergmanas, Rikki Stout; Conor Keys,  Kieran Frost; Luis Ball, Zak Poole, Seb Nagle-Taylor.

Replacements: Ali Thomson, Will Dennis, Tom Cotterill, Connor Field, Alex Dolly.

Catch today’s Advertiser for much more on the Titans.


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