Rotherham Titans look to make most of Devon assignment

By David Beddows | 15/02/2019

Rotherham Titans look to make most of Devon assignment
Connor Dever: continues at scrum-half for Rotherham at Plymouth tomorrow.

ROTHERHAM Titans head coach Joe Barker expects this weekend’s clash with Plymouth Albion to score well for entertainment value.

Titans make the long journey down to Devon lifted by last weekend’s 22-12 defeat of Esher while Plymouth have been in good form, winning six from seven before an unexpected loss at Bishop’s Stortford last time out.

They sit seventh in National One, two places and seven points behind Rotherham.

“Since we beat Plymouth here they have really improved,” Barker told the Advertiser. “We also played some good rugby against Esher last week and what we want to do now is improve on that.

Titans' Callum Irvine.

“There’s a good atmosphere down at Plymouth. It’s a big pitch and by all accounts the weather is going to be good. Plymouth play a good brand of rugby and we’ve not got to be afraid to take them on up front. I think it will be a good game for the neutral."

Rotherham came through the Esher match unscathed and also have second row Conor Keys back in the camp. He’s been on duty with Canada in the Americas Rugby Championship but doesn't figure this weekend.

An overnight stay will ensure Titans will be as fresh as possible for the game. Fans are also travelling down today to make a weekend of it. Kick-off tomorrow is at 3pm.

Skipper Seb Nagle-Taylor returns to the starting line-up after his second-half try hat-trick last week. There are five changes in all.

Team: Sam Allan; Dan Leake, Ellis Abrahams, Joe Barker, Connor Field; Callum Irvine, Connor Dever; Dan Richardson, Jack Bergmanas, Rikki Stout; Jamie Ure, Kieran Frost; Luis Ball, Zak Poole, Seb Nagle-Taylor.

Replacements: Ali Thomson, Will Dennis, Dan Preston-Routledge, Tom Cotterill, Alex Dolly.

Much more on the Titans in today’s Advertiser


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