Rotherham Titans' hat-trick man salutes teamwork

By David Beddows | 11/02/2019

Rotherham Titans' hat-trick man salutes teamwork

MATCH winner Seb Nagle-Taylor saluted Rotherham Titans' pack men after his try hat-trick took him to the top of the National One scoring charts.

Dropped to the bench for Saturday's home clash with Esher, the number eight came on at half time and turned the match with his three tries as Titans ran out 22-12 winners.

The scores took Nagle-Taylor's tally to 16 for the second, the joint highest in the division.

"It is always nice to score but my tries were mostly credit to the front row for their dominance in the scrum," said the 24-year-old.

"It was an exceptional performance from that pack, bench included. We had ascendency in the scrum and dominance in the maul. We couldn't ask for any more from them."

It was Nagle-Taylor's first try hat-trick since the opening day of the season.

Zak Poole makes a break against Esher. Picture: STEVE METTAM

"It was a really good response from Seb. We knew we'd get something from him," said head coach Joe Barker. "He did really well when he came on and he was good throughout the week.

"We know he is very powerful off the back of the scrum and credit to the front five for that.

"We struggled in areas in the first half but we defended well and we also played some really good rugby."

Prop-forward Rikki Stout had started the match as captain in Nagle-Taylor's absence and scored Titans' only first half try. Callum Irvine converted one of the four touchdowns.

The bonus point win keeps Rotherham fifth in the table ahead of Saturday's long trip down to Plymouth Albion, in sixth.

Full preview of that game and more from Seb Nagle-Taylor in Friday's Advertiser.

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