Agony as Titans are denied at the death

By Paul Rickett | 25/11/2017

Agony as Titans are denied at the death

RELEGATION-bound Rotherham Titans suffered their tenth straight Championship defeat as London Scottish snatched a late, late win at Clifton Lane.

And that's likely to mean some soul searching in the boardroom this weekend as Titans are realistically now looking at a return to rugby's third tier for the first time in over two decades.

Andy Key's side put in a sterling effort to lead 17-7 at the break thanks to two Rhodri Davies tries plus a brace of conversions and a penalty from Caolan Ryan as they bounced back from conceding an Isaac Miller try in the third minute.

In the second half the Scots nosed their way back into it with a Jake Sharp penalty and then levelled when Miller was driven over for his second try.

Chances then went begging at both ends, Wes Hamilton almost scoring for Rotherham but being denied by a foot in touch while the Exiles butchered two clear openings before Sharp made it 20-17 to the visitors with a 70th minute penalty.

But a penalty try out of the blue, Charlie Ingall pulling down a home player and earning a yellow card from inconsistent referee Matthew O'Grady put the hosts back ahead at 24-20 with just three minutes left and looked like capping a much improved display  - only for Scottish to drive downfield and in an stonishing 11th minute of added time find a gap for wing Craig Holland to barge through and score the winner.

The defeat leaves Rotherham 16 points behind Scottish and 17 behind Jersey with 11 games to play.

 


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