DEPLETED Rotherham Titans will again have to make the best of limited resources when they make the trip to Cambridge this weekend in National One.
Several players, including head coach Joe Barker, are missing for the trip to Grantchester Road, where the Titans will be out to snap a run of three straight defeats.
Barker dislocated a finger in the recent match at Plymouth and filled in against Ampthill last week due to the thin numbers. But with Callum Irvine back available, the team chief will take the opportunity to sit out the game and let his injury heal.
Jessie Williams, Ellis Abrahams and Sam Allan are also missing. Conor Keys is away on international duty with Canada and Eru Smith-Wano is still serving a suspension. Mark Fairhurst, the hooker, is up and running but not fit and available yet. Alex Dolly has shaken off a toe injury in time to make the squad.
"We are struggling, this last couple of weeks have been really challenging,” Barker told the Advertiser. “We've not even had a full 20 training. We don't have a big squad as it is or a second team to help us. At this moment in time we don't have 20 players available but we should be OK for Saturday.”
Cambridge sprang a surprise when winning 24-15 at Clifton Lane in November. The lowest scorers in the division, they also have one of the tightest defences.
Rotherham have played at Cambridge's only once before, winning there 16-15 in the EDF Energy Trophy 11 years ago.
Kick-off tomorrow is at 3pm.
Team: Dan Leake; Henry Roberts, Jamie Cooke, Harry Dunne, Connor Field; Callum Irvine, Connor Dever; Dan Richardson, Jack Bergmanas, Will Dennis; Dan Preston-Routledge, Jamie Ure; Luis Ball, Zak Poole, Seb Nagle-Taylor.
Replacements: Ali Thomson, Rikki Stout, Kieran Frost, Tom Cotterill, Alex Dolly.
For more on the Titans check out today's Advertiser.
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