Rotherham Titans look for cup of cheer after 40-point loss

Tom Cruse gave Rotherham's only outstanding performance
Tom Cruse gave Rotherham's only outstanding performance
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After this serious 47-7 home defeat by six tries to one at Clifton Lane, Rotherham will be relieved to turn their back on the Championship for the next three weeks!

Now they concentrate on trying to make an impact in the British and Irish Cup against Yorkshire Carnegie, Aberavon and Ulster Ravens.

Rotherham’s next league game is in five weeks at Yorkshire Carnegie on Friday November 7.

By then, Titans’ coach Lee Blackett will be hoping that his squad will have learned the harsh lessons from the Worcester defeat and will have put in place the big improvements required if they are to compete once again in the promotion play-offs.

In a surprisingly one- sided contest during which Rotherham failed again to beat a top four team in the Championship, they were largely responsible for their own demise in the first half.

Worcester, with ex-Rotherham stars scrum half Charlie Mulchrone and forward Dan Sanderson both highly influential, profited from mistakes which the Titans kept on repeating.

The first four scores by the former Premiership club came from penalties, so in the space of only 25 minutes, Rotherham were losing 20-0 having conceded two converted tries and two penalties.

Rotherham’s indiscipline - 14 penalties all told - got worse and when Argentinean fly half Ignacio Mieres struck his third three pointer on 28 minutes, Worcester led 23-0.

Worcester scored two more tries before half time, one from poor defending, and with convincing lead of 37-0 at the interval, the Midlands’ team had already claimed the win.

As well as conceding too many penalties, Rotherham had failed to take a scoring opportunity when they were camped on Worcester’s line, the handling was periodically too careless and they could not match the force of the Worcester pack.

The second 40 minutes showed an improvement as signs emerged of Rotherham living up their potential, but only briefly. Forwards Tom Cruse and Alex Rieder threatened as did centre Jack Roberts.

Worcester defended effectively, scored two late tries and their only lapse in concentration came in injury time when winger Jamie Broadly, making up for his earlier yellow card, won the battle for a loose ball and dived over for Rotherham’s only try. As they enter the campaign in the B and I Cup, Blackett is demanding a big improvement: The players have to react and they must react this week. We lost the game in the first 20 minutes and the only positive point is that our scrum went well in the opening 60 minutes. Cruse did really well and can hold his head up high. His was the one outstanding performance for us.”