Rotherham Titans players get week’s rest to freshen up

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ROTHERHAM coach Alex Codling has given his Titans squad a week off so that his first team players are mentally and physically fresh before the next Championship game against Nottingham, a week tomorrow at Clifton Lane.

“I told the boys they deserved a break after the Bedford game on Boxing Day.

“They can go home and have a rest and spend some time with their families. It’s a long season of 22 league games and it takes its toll.

“The players will report back on January 2 and will train then and on the Thursday and Friday before we play Nottingham on Saturday,” Codling said.

Rotherham go into the Nottingham match in seventh place after earning a losing bonus point against Bedford who won 22-16 in a close game after Rotherham led 9-6 at the interval.

It has now become clear that Rotherham’s try scorer at Goldington Road was winger Fergus Mulchrone. “Fergus took his try scoring opportunity really well and he finished off what was for us a fantastic handling move in difficult conditions,” said Codling.

The coach also praised on -loan winger Ben Howard. “We’ve got Ben from Worcester Warriors for a few weeks and in his first game for us he did really well.

One player who may not appear is centre Lee Blackett whose wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child. Blackett had to leave the field at Goldington Road after 50 minutes because of an eye injury.

Codling was delighted to leave Bedford with a point but some aspects of the performance were not satisfactory. The Rotherham lineout needs working on as too much ball was lost and the indiscipline also requires attention.