Rotherham Titans are no match for promotiion favourites

Jack Preece scored a brilliant try against Worcester
Jack Preece scored a brilliant try against Worcester
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Rotherham played with lots of character and commitment but were inevitably badly beaten by the club which may well regain its place in the Premiership in the spring.

Thrashed by seven tries to one in the televised match, Rotherham were unable to cope with the power and the speed of Worcester whose budget and off the field resources match many in the Premiership.

The Titans, who today begin their preparations for the derby at Clifton Lane against Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday, did score an excellent try on 74 minutes by flanker Jack Preece after a forceful drive to Worcester’s line by the pack, but other than that they failed to put Worcester under significant pressure.

Worcester, winning comfortably 28-3 at the interval having scored four tries, then controlled the second half to add three more on 43, 54 and 62 minutes.

Interestingly, although Rotherham were outplayed, during two spells of a one sided contest, they competed, frustrated Worcester and defended solidly.

However, the efforts of the pack, in which Ben Morris, Alex Rieder and Max Argyle stood out, among others, were never going to overcome the power and class of their opposite numbers who dominated possession and territory.

As coach Lee Blackett reflects on the performance at Worcester, one aspect needing his attention is Rotherham’s carelessness at the line out.

At Sixways,certainly three of their own line outs were lost which threw away decent scoring positions, and while the ball was given away twice when the result had already been settled, in closer Championship matches these opportunities must be taken.

“ We were happy with the last 20 minutes but the game got away from us in the first half. We were in control for the first 15 minutes but made a couple of bad decisions and before you knew it we were 21-3 behind against a top quality team.

“The big difference was Worcester’s physicality and they have an outstanding defence,” explained Blackett.

Thankfully from Rotherham’s point of view, their former star player, scrum half Charlie Mulchrone, did not rub salt into the Titans’ wounds.

Mulchrone was not sent on until 62 minutes b but did not score.