Rotherham’s top class form in the Championship continues to grow in strength as they stretched their winning run in all competitions to nine games with this excellent 35-22 away win over Jersey.
Earning a maximum return of five league points, Titans scored five tries, three in the first half and two in the second, at St Peter to maintain their promotion challenge.
Tries by forwards Alfie To’oala and Ben Sowrey on 14 and 29 minutes and then just before the interval by winger James Broadley set up a lead of 17-10 at half time.
As Rotherham continued to control much of the possession and territory against a side far tougher than their second-from-bottom possition suggests, Titans’ counter-attacks laid on further tries on 48 and 60 minutes for full back Sean Scanlon and replacement flanker Ali Birch.
Jersey fought back to cut Rotherham’s lead to 22-17 by scoring a second try, and in the second minute of injury time in this entertaining contest, the Channel Islanders added a third, but the quality of the Rotherham display delighted coach Lee Blackett:
“I think this is our best performance of the season. The boys were outstanding. Our scrums and line outs were dominant.
“The back row of To’oala, Jack Preece and Alex Rieder was first rate and showed how strong the team spirit is.
“Jersey are an awkward side and played well for their new coach.
“ So this is a good result for us and now we must concentrate on winning our league game at Clifton Lane against Moseley on Saturday.”
Rotherham have now won 10 of their 13 league games nd this latest win takes them to 48 points, but in such a competitive league, Rotherham must retain their consistency particularly as next month they face London Welsh and London Scottish, both rivals for places in the play-offs.
Later today, the Clifton Lane club will find out who they have been drawn against in the quarter finals of the British and Irish Cup which will be played during the first weekend of April.
By then, another important issue will have been settled: where Rotherham have chosen to play any promotion play-offs.
Officials are still examining the feasibility of putting the games on at football league clubs in the region, but a final decision has not yet been made.
Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Broadley, Roberts, Socino, Keating, Murphy,White, Hislop, Sowrey, Quigley, Maddison,Sanderson, Rieder,Preece,To’oala. Replacements: Cruse, Williams, Tampin, Thomas, Birch, Mulchrone, Hayes.
Tries: To’oala, Sowrey, Broadley, Scanlon, Birch; conversions: Socino 2; penalties: Socino:2
Referee: John Meredith.