Rotherham Titans face tough task ahead of league curtain raiser

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Several players, who are likely to appear in Rotherham’s first match of the new Championship season at London Scottish a fortnight on Sunday, have been picked for the Titans’ toughest pre-season game so far against Macclesfield tomorrow evening.

Interestingly, two former players of the Cheshire club who compete in National One, that’s the league below the Championship, are included in the Rotherham side: hooker Dan Baines and scrum half Charlie Mulchrone. Coached by two ex-Rotherham coaches, Geoff Wappett and Andy Northey, Macc are ambitious to reach the same level as the Titans.

“They are a huge step up from our two previous games and Macclesfield are good at retaining the ball” said Titans’ coach Andre Bester.

“I expect a competitive match. We then face tough challenges against Worcester and Saracens of the Premiership. These games are vital as we prepare for the London Scottish contest who will be an incredibly hard nut to crack as they have already proved by beating Cardiff in pre-season”

One aspect of tomorrow’s match which will be of particular interest to Bester will be the performance of Irish centre Eamonn Sheridan, playing his first game for months having recovered from a serious leg injury suffered when playing for Leinster.

In the pack, the contribution of Welsh forward Rory Pitman will also be watched closely as the Wales U-19 and U-20 star fights to make a big impact at number eight so that he can secure his Championship debut for Rotherham against London Scottish.