Rotherham Titans praised for 'outstanding' win

Rotherham Titans praised for 'outstanding' win

By David Beddows | 21/10/2019

Rotherham Titans praised for 'outstanding' win
Sam Hollingsworth (left) was on target with the boot and created a try in Rotherham's win at Chinnor

ROTHERHAM Titans director of rugby Martin Jenkinson hailed the players' character after they took the scalp of National One title hopefuls Chinnor.

The Titans outscored their hosts 26-24 in Oxfordshire on Saturday to notch their best win of the season.

Rotherham trailed 17-6 after a hard opening half-hour but hit back just before the break with tries from Wasps man Tom Bacon and centre Connor Field, the latter converted by Sam Hollingsworth to earn a one-point advantage.

The home side responded immediately with a bonus point clinching fourth try and were expected to kick on in the second half.

Instead it was the Titans who took the initiative, with Bacon going over for his second score from Hollingsworth's cross-field kick.

Tom Bacon crossed the line twice.

Although the fly-half's conversion made it 26-24, there was still half-an-hour for Chinnor to find a way back. Thanks to some strong Rotherham defence, they weren't allowed to.

“I’ve just been talking to the boys and the word I’ve used more than any other is character," said Jenkinson.

“That second half was all about character; our defensive sets were absolutely top drawer, we got off the line and we went and smashed them.

“They are a top-end team and a good side and we’ve come here and done the job in a very professional manner and we are all delighted with an absolutely outstanding win."

Rotherham welcome leaders Richmond to Clifton Lane on Saturday (2pm). There will be more on that, plus more reaction to the Chinnor game, in this week's Advertiser.