NOTTINGHAM, Rotherham’s next opponents on Sunday at Meadow Lane, are by now well advanced in their preparations for the third Championship clash of the new season.
The Titans’ thrilling 38-38 draw against Bedford was watched by Nottingham’s Attack Coach Ged Glynn who observed every detail of Rotherham’s game plan at Clifton Lane last Sunday.
Glynn, a former Rotherham coach, is one of the game’s most astute analysts, and his presence at Rotherham’s first home match, followed by his reports this week, illustrates clearly how much more professional the Championship competition is becoming.
Interestingly, Rotherham have also spied on Nottingham; their opening game against Leeds Carnegie at Meadow Lane was watched by Titans’ representatives.
Meanwhile, officials at Clifton Lane are encouraged by the positive start to his Rotherham career made by new fly half James McKinney from Belfast.
The 21-year-old Ulsterman, who has taken over the goal kicking duties from the injured Garry Law in the first two league matches against London Scottish and Bedford, has quickly made his mark.
McKinney’s two conversions and two penalties during the 26-20 defeat at Scottish were followed by 18 points against Bedford - three conversions and four penalties.
The Rotherham number 10, who is more than likely to keep his place for Sunday’s game, now has 28 points from his goal kicking and is showing why coach Andre Bester was so keen to persuade the Ulsterman to broaden his experience by playing in the Championship.
McKinney, who put over the conversion on Sunday enabling Rotherham to grab an exciting 38-38 draw, played for Ireland in successive Junior World Cups in 2010 and 2011.