Rotherham Titans get new season off to a flier

Rotherham Titans get new season off to a flier

By David Beddows | 04/09/2021

Rotherham Titans get new season off to a flier
Rotherham Titans on the attack against Wharfedale. Picture by DAVE POUCHER

ROTHERHAM Titans marked their return to competitive rugby after 18 months away with a thumping win over Yorkshire rivals Wharfedale.

A Titans side containing ten new recruits had too much power for the visitors, running in five tries to take the National Two North opener 35-5.

A scrappy opening saw Rotherham trail after 18 minutes to a try from Ben Leacock but they hit back to lead 15-5 at the break with touchdowns from the returning Matt Challinor, Jamie Cooke and five points from the boot of Jonny West.

Titans' first competitve rugby match in 564 days attracted a decent crowd to Clifton Lane, with supporters queuing down the street to get in before kick off.

Titans were in no mood to let them down as their experienced pack bossed proceedings and ensured the hosts spent almost the entire second period camped in the opposition half.

Rotherham turned the screw with a second try for Challinor and further scores from skipper Zak Poole and another player returning to Clifton Lane, Lloyd Hayes. He tagged on the extras before a penalty from West put the gloss on a convincing, bonus point win.