Coach’s warning to Yorkshire’s top rugby union team Rotherham Titans after win over Yorkshire Carnegie

Titans' James Mitchell releases the ball as Nathan Hannay attempts to block in the derby at Headingley.
Titans' James Mitchell releases the ball as Nathan Hannay attempts to block in the derby at Headingley.
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Rotherham Titans, the highest placed Yorkshire club in the Championship, are now preparing for their first home league game in six weeks on Saturday against Cornish Pirates.

Titans’ coach Lee Blackett is delighted with the character shown by the side during Friday’s 6-0 win against Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley.

This left the club four points clear of Doncaster Knights and seven in front of Carnegie.

But Blackett has, nevertheless, warned his players: “We are not getting carried away. It’s pointless winning in Leeds if we don’t perform at Clifton Lane and don’t follow it up with a win this Saturday against Pirates.”

One of Rotherham’s most important tasks this week is to try to make sure that hooker Tom Cruse, who injured his shoulder in the Yorkshire derby, recovers in time.

“Our medical team will monitor Tom all week and we hope that he’s OK. He was the only player who was hurt, but I think he will be right.”

Blackett, whose side has now won four of their six Championship games, says the importance given to the British and Irish Cup played a major role in the league success at Headingley.

“Taking the B and I seriously has helped us to move forward because of the way we have used the squad.

“Three of the boys who made their Championship debuts on Friday had appeared in the B and I and had done well, so I’m really pleased with Max Argyle and Sean Robinson in the forwards and James Mitchell at scrum half.

“Five weeks ago we were embarrassed by Worcester, but against Carnegie we fronted up physically and there were a lot of good performances.

“ Our game management by the half backs was very professional, Andy Davies played positively when he came on as our replacement scrum half and centre Jordan Davies was impressive too.

“We put put bodies on the line and I’m proud of the boys from one to 22 who represented us.”

Rotherham’s win at Headingley owed much to rock solid defence that needs to be reproduced this weekend against Pirates.

“We’ve been working hard to get our defending right,” explained Jordan Davies.

“We dug deep and when my penalty from 50 metres went over, it was a great feeling. Now we must make sure we win on Saturday which was one of the first points Lee made to us after we had beaten Carnegie.”