Rotherham Titans, who have dropped to seventh in the Championship following their shocking weekend defeat(46-28) at Bedford, have suffered another blow as they try to recover before Saturday’s game at Clifton Lane against London Welsh.
Fly half Tom Barrett will be missing for up to eight weeks after breaking his foot in the first half at Bedford where Rotherham’s performance was condemned as unacceptable by coach Mark Jones.
As Jones is demanding a massive improvement against London Welsh in a contest which has now become even more important considering the Bedford set-back, one of his main jobs will be to decide who will take over from Barrett.
Rotherham’s coach may pick Will Goodwin, hoping that he’s over his ankle injury, or Ross Jones who started at full back against Bedford, but can play in the number 10 role.
With the Titans’ squad resuming training today, Jones and forwards’ coach Steve Salvin are calling for a transformation in form as they prepare to face Welsh.
“The first half at Bedford was embarrassing. We were shambolic and poor across the board”, says Salvin.
“The priority now has to be a significantly better performance at home. We’ve got a lot to work on and some harsh words will be said in training.
“ Hopefully, what happened at Bedford was just an off-day. We looked vastly experienced and naïve, so we must be positive on Saturday. The saving grace was that we came away with a point for scoring four tries in the second half, but I am not sure Bedford were busting a gut because they’d already won.”
Titans may make several changes to the starting line-up and bring back players such as full back Sean Scanlon and forward Barney Maddison, both rested from the starting line up at Goldington Road.
One new signing who may make his Rotherham debut is back row forward Kyle Gilmour who has begun training at Clifton Lane as Canada have been knocked out of the World Cup.