10-try Titans in run-away home victory

Dallan Murphy, one of Rotherham's 10 try scorers against Ealing

Dallan Murphy, one of Rotherham's 10 try scorers against Ealing

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Rotherham’s top of the table form, the result of an exciting brand of rugby, produced a 10- try thrashing of Ealing who were destroyed on their first Championship visit to Clifton Lane.

Rotherham’s thrilling win, which saw them run in four tries in the first half followed by another six in the second, was distinguished by another superb individual performance from Juan Pablo Socino,the Argentinean centre.

In a memorable display, Socino scored 34 points: one try, 10 conversions and three penalties.

The Argentinean, now in his second spell at Clifton Lane and clearly happy to be back, achieved a 100 per cent accuracy rate with his kicking during a display which delighted the crowd; they were genuinely surprised that some of Socino’s kicks went over the posts because he had taken them from awkward angles on, or, near the touchline.

But Rotherham are far from being a one man team. As well as Socino’s scores, prop Marshall Gadd charged over for two tries and winger James Broadley scored again.

Rotherham, who led 37-9 at half time, kept the ball alive, and with their efficient support play, other tries were added by scrum half Charlie Mulchrone, full back Michael Keating, fly half Dallan Murphy, replacement prop Mark Tampin and two from winger Curtis Wilson.

The extent of Rotherham’s superiority can be seen from the regularity with which they smashed Ealing’s defence after the interval - tries on 48, 65, 69, 74, 79 and 80 minutes.

After being kept out of the side for the first Championship game, Wilson, who learned to play at Sheffield RUFC, made the most of his opportunity on his return.

“I am thrilled,” he said. “I think I have showed our coach what I am capable of. Lee Blackett supports me 100 per cent. I was disappointed not to play in the opening league match, but you just get on with it and have a good week’s training.

“My confidence is high, but I don’t want to come across as cocky and arrogant.

“When I first started at Sheffield, I didn’t like rugby. In fact, I hated it and used to be a sprinter, but now I’m so happy to come out and perform,” said Wilson, who was tempted to join Rotherham from Leeds Carnegie.

As Blackett prepares his squad for next Saturday’s much harder game at Moseley, who scored four tries at Plymouth on Saturday, he may be persuaded to bring back flanker Alex Rieder.

The forward has recovered from injury which prevented him playing in the opening games.

Club skipper Garry Law is also on the way back. He will not be available to face Moseley but expects to be fit enough for the Clifton Lane clash against London Welsh in a fortnight.

Rotherham Titans: Keating, Broadley, Gill, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Gadd, Cruse, Quigley, Maddison, Sanderson, Williamson, Birch, To’oala. Replacements: Sowery, Tampin, Pearce, Thomas, Preece,White,Roberts.

Tries: Socino, Gadd 2, Broadley, Mulchrone, Keating, Wilson 2, Murphy, Tampin. Conversions: Socino 10. Penalties: Socino 3.

Referee: John Meredith.

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