Character gets Titans back on the winning track

By David Beddows | 26/11/2018

Character gets Titans back on the winning track
Callum Irvine...among five Rotherham try scorers in Saturday's win at Caldy.

ROTHERHAM Titans head coach Joe Barker praised the character of his players for digging deep to return to winning ways at the weekend.

Titans came from ten points down at half time to win 33-29 at Caldy with Zak Poole, Dan Leake and skipper Seb Nagle-Taylor all crossing the whitewash.

But it also took a huge defensive effort to see out the win, the big home pack mauling close to the line in the dying minutes before Rotherham forced a turn-over at a scrum.

"For our young front row to scrummage against a Championship front row and get the ball out for us, that showed a lot of character and you can't train character. You have to have it within you and these boys have," said Barker.

"Also, to lose two games we should have won and then go ten points down in the next one and have that mental toughness to come back was also outstanding. I'm excited for this week now."

Alex Dolly: landed four conversions.

Titans scored five tries at Caldy in all, Callum Irvine and Harry Dunne going over early on to help forge a 14-0 lead before the hosts hit back to lead 24-14 at the break with four unanswered scores.

The victory lifted Rotherham back to sixth place in National One, five points off top spot, ahead of Saturday's home match against Cinderford.

Added Barker: "That's the way it is in this league this season, a lot of the wins are very close.

"This weekend will be another big challenge for us and it is one we will relish."

Full preview and a look back at the Caldy game in this week's Advertiser.

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