Rotherham Titans start build-up to Cambridge exam

By David Beddows | 04/03/2019

Rotherham Titans start build-up to Cambridge exam
Titans celebrate Jamie Cooke's opening try in the defeat to Ampthill on Saturday. Pictures by STEVE METTAM

ROTHERHAM Titans return to training this week on a mission to get more consistency into their game after their latest National One setback.

Despite producing spells of good rugby against joint leaders Ampthill at Clifton Lane on Saturday and fighting to the finish to claim a four-try bonus point, they were outscored 36-24.

Titans' third loss on the spin, it left player coach Joe Barker frustrated. He and the coaching team will now look for an improvement away to Cambridge on Saturday.

"At times we can play some outstanding defensive and attacking sets but we're not consistent enough," said Barker.

"Ampthill were effective at what they did and we showed we could handle their style. At times we pushed them back 20 or 30 metres but at other times we switched off.

"We scored some good tries and played some good sets but we forced a pass and weren't efficient enough at the breakdown.

"Ampthill are a good team and they're effective at what they'd do but if we had been more clinical or consistent in certain areas we would have won."

Will Dennis drives forward.

Titans' tries came from centre Jamie Cooke and Seb Nagle-Taylor, with his 19th of the season, before wing Dan Leake went over twice, the last to claim the bonus point off the last play.

The defeat nudged Rotherham down a place to sixth in the table but only a point behind Chinnor, they could climb back to fifth with a good result at Cambridge.

Second row Jamie Ure promised: "We'll review the game and learn from mistakes that were made, but we'll also learn from the things we did well and try and implement that and put it all together for this week."

More on the Titans in Friday's Advertiser.

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