Home fans get first chance to see Titans’ new recruits

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FOUR of Rotherham’s new signings will make their home debuts tomorrow when the Titans face the challenge of Plymouth Albion in their second game in the British and Irish Cup.

Brothers Fergus and Charlie Mulchrone, who play full back and scrum half respectively, joined in the summer from Macclesfield and keep their places after impressing during the 25-21 win at Aberavon, last weekend.

In the pack, coach Andre Bester seems likely to stick with the unit which outfought the Welsh side; this means that new forwards, Joe Ellyatt, ex-Jersey and Bath Academy, and Nile Dacres, dual registered with Worcester Warriors for a month, will both make their Clifton Lane debuts.

“Our young players did really well down in South Wales and what was so good was that they came together as team when they had not played together before” said Bester.

“There will be only the odd change from last week,” said Bester who may bring back centre Lee Blackett to face Plymouth, narrow losers to champions Munster by 26-22 in their first outing in the British and Irish Cup.

As Bester knows from the 15-3 Championship defeat at Plymouth at the end of last month, Albion have developed into a much improved side this season and one which will be seriously competitive tomorrow.

Coached by Fijian Nat Saumi, Plymouth have begun the league campaign promisingly and are now fourth in the Championship with four wins from six games.

Any team which can score three tries against Munster must be a side to be reckoned with and in fly half Paul Roberts, also on Bath’s books, Plymouth possess a player who is a proven match winner.

In the pack, Rotherham will need to watch closely the threat posed by number eight Sam Hocking who has scored six tries in the Championship and has quickly adapted to its higher standards having signed from Launceston in the close season, where he was regarded as a “stand out performer.”