Rotherham Titans expecting 'fast and tough' test in the capital

Rotherham Titans expecting 'fast and tough' test in the capital

By David Beddows | 04/01/2019

Rotherham Titans expecting 'fast and tough' test in the capital
Kieran Frost (centre) and Conor Keys both feature in the Titans squad to face Rosslyn Park.

TEAM chief Joe Barker believes Rotherham Titans will need to produce their A-game if they are to get a good result away to National One promotion rivals Rosslyn Park this weekend.

Like Rotherham, the London club  have won their last five matches, a run that has taken them to third in the table, three points better off than the Titans.

They’re also a tough proposition on their artificial pitch at Roehampton and are sure to present one of the most searching tests of the season.

“We’re expecting a fast tempo game on their 4G,” Barker told the Advertiser. “Rosslyn are a talented group, they have a good home record. It will be tough and we will have to be on top form but we’ve prepped as hard this week as any other week.

“We have had a nice Christmas break, we’ve all enjoyed ourselves, and now we’re back into the swing of it and are eager to get going again.”

Titans celebrate a try in their last away victory at Bishop's Stortford.

The time off has given players time to shake off niggles and injuries, with Jamie Ure and Eru Smith-Wano both returning to the squad. However the match has come too soon for full-back Callum Irvine who has been nursing a hamstring injury.

Added Barker: “Nothing will be won or lost on Saturday but with Rosslyn being in contention with us at the top, it’s an important game.

“We are now starting to see a gap open between the top five and the rest. When you play the first half of the season, you get a feel of who is better. The teams at the top are the most challenging ones we have had to face.”

Kick-off is 3pm and travelling supporters are being advised to leave extra time for their journey due to road closures.

Team: Tom Allott; Dan Leake, Harry Dunne, Ellis Abrahams, Connor Field;  Joe Barker, Connor Dever; Dan Richardson, Ali Thomson, Will Dennis; Conor Keys, Jamie Ure; Luis Ball, Zak Poole,  Seb Nagle-Taylor.

Replacements: 16 Jack Bergmanas, 17 Rikki Stout, 18 Kieran Frost, 19 Eru Smith-Wano, 20 Alex Dolly.

For more on the Titans check out today’s Advertiser.