Delight as five-try Rotherham Titans sign off home campaign on a high

By David Beddows | 08/04/2019

Delight as five-try Rotherham Titans sign off home campaign on a high
Dan Leake goes over for the first of his two tries at Clifton Lane on Saturday. Pictures by STEVE METTAM

ROTHERHAM Titans won a ten-try thriller against in-form Bishop's Stortford to end home campaign on a high, with winger Dan Leake scoring two tries.

Trailing 21-14 at half time, Titans surged back to win 41-35 against opponents who had won nine of their last ten matches.

Zak Poole, Jack Bergamanas and Dan Preston-Routledge also went over for tries while Alex Dolly was in superb kicking form, his 16 points taking him above the 200 mark for the season.

Man of the match Leake said: "It was good to get two tries but that doesn't come without the team putting you in the right positions.

"We knew Bishop's Stortford were going to be good but we also knew that if we got into the right systems and processes then we would break them down. We saw that at times.

"We'd lost at Cinderford the previous week and it was nice to bounce back. We knew we had to come out and show Clifton Lane what we've got and I think we owed it to them (the supporters).

"It was a cracking win, in the sun and in front of all the people here. I loved it."

Barker added: "We made a few small changes (at half time) and the lads acted on it. You can't fault their effort or the way we played. There was some outstanding rugby and outstanding individual stuff as well.

"I'm very proud of what we've achieved this year. "

With nearest challenges Plymouth Albion losing, Rotherham have a strong chance of securing a top-five finish in National One with only two games to go.

Rotherham travel to fourth-placed Blackheath next Saturday before ending away to title contenders Old Elthamians at the end of the month.

More on the Titans in Friday's Advertiser.

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