Copeland try keeps Titans hopes alive

Leeds Carnegie v Rotherham Titans Championship sun 18th march 2012'Shane Monahan of Rotherham runs past Stephen McColl of Leeds Carnegie

Leeds Carnegie v Rotherham Titans Championship sun 18th march 2012'Shane Monahan of Rotherham runs past Stephen McColl of Leeds Carnegie

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Rotherham’s promotion campaign in the Championship play-offs is back in business after this outstanding win and performance at Headingley where Leeds were comfortably beaten.

The Titans, who now start their preparations for this Sunday’s even tougher challenge against Cornish Pirates at Penzance, can nevertheless travel to the South West full of confidence.

Sadly, Rotherham will be without skipper and lock forward Sam Dickinson who may have broken an arm. Now that Dickinson has signed for Northampton Saints, Rotherham instantly told the Premiership club who will be making sure their new signing has the best medical treatment available.

This performance was one of the best of the season against a Leeds side which was constantly harried and put under severe pressure with a first half try by Irish flanker Robin Copeland being the highlight. Rotherham’s defence and tackling were superb, and with Scottish fly half Garry Law kicking penalties on 3, 30, 48 and 67 minutes, the Titans’ authority was rarely questioned.

Law also put over a drop goal on 12 minutes, and his tactical kicking, too, prevented Leeds from launching effective counter attacks. But it was the Titans’ crunching tackling that stopped Leeds making any progress out of their 22 and inside Rotherham’s.

TITANS: Foden, Hamilton, McCall, Nonu, Monahan, Law, Williams, Cahill, Baines, Hooper, Dickinson, Maddison, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava. Reps: Stagg, Kilbane, Vaioleti, Griffiths, Kirwan, Rhodes, Homan.

Try: Copeland. Penalties: Law 4. Drop goal: Law.

Referee:Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts

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