Pearce sparkles as Titans overpower Pirates

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Match report: Rotherham Titans 41 Cornish Pirates 28

The Titans more than compensated for the poor performance against Leeds Carnegie during Easter and delivered a display which was characterised by power, commitment and some style.

In a forceful team effort in which the pack stood out, Rotherham number eight Laurence Pearce delivered an outstanding contribution by scoring tries on 37 and 55 minutes.

The Hull-born forward,who has been unable to show his genuine potential at this level because of a lengthy injury that stopped him playing until February, more than made up for lost time on his full league debut.

Pearce has the size, the presence and the ability to make a lasting impact in the Championship which is why supporters hope that he will stay at the club.

The Titans scored four tries in the first half and then added another three after the interval when hooker Ted Stagg, prop Gareth Denman and Pearce smashed through the Pirates’ defence.

What was impressive about the Titans was that having led 24-16 at half time, they kept up the pressure and did not relax by continuing to attack Pirates.

The Cornish side may well have been below full strength, but they were still competitive and managed to expose weaknesses when they raided Rotherham’s line.

The Titans claimed a maximum of five points and in doing so they gained revenge for the defeat in Cornwall back in November.

Rotherham’s next opponents are Moseley at Clifton Lane on Saturday.

Titans: Styles, Doneghan, Sheridan, Nonu, Wilson, McKinney, Williams, Kilbane, Stagg, Denman, Patrick, Sanderson, Freeman, Ellyatt, Pearce.

Referee: Dean Richards.