TWO tries from new skipper Joe Bedford provided the only consolation for Rotherham Titans on Saturday as they were heavily beaten by Newcastle Falcons in their final pre-season friendly.
Bedford went over for two tries in a 48-12 defeat at Kingston Park. Juan Pablo Socino converted one of them.
Earlier in the day the second team lost 52-17 against Newcastle's second team at Northumbria University after leading 17-12 at the break.
Titans' try scorers were Louis McGowan, Neil Spence and Ross Hackley.
Rotherham start their Championship season away to Bristol on Sunday.