Rotherham Titans ring the changes for Cornish Pirates game

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Rotherham Titans have made six changes to their starting XV for Sunday’s mission at Cornish Pirates.

At full back and returning from injury is Will Goodwin; he comes in for Will Thomas who moves across to the right wing for the injured Jake Henry.

On the left wing Tom Collins returns from parent club Northampton Saints for the injured Ben Foley, Callum Wilson is recalled to action in the centres for the injured Joe Barker and at scrum half Titans have brought in Connor Murphy from London Irish on dual-registration for the injured George Tresidder.

The two changes in the pack see Luke Cole come in for Joe Graham at hooker, whilst at number 8 Lewis Ludlam returns from Northampton Saints and replaces Tom MacDonald.

Titans boss Justin Burnell said, “We had a disappointing performance against Bedford; we started off pretty well but then went on to constantly put ourselves under pressure. We missed an unacceptable number of tackles and our skill set was poor; I’d like to say there were some positives to take out of the game, but I can’t.”

He added: “We’ve put in a lot of hard work on the training paddock this week and on the back of that we’re looking to put in a much better performance against Cornish Pirates. And we’ll need to make sure we do, because they will undoubtedly punish us if we are lacking in any areas.

“Pirates are in good form at the moment, they’ve just had a great result against Carnegie and they’re flying. They’re always a difficult side to play against and particularly so down in Cornwall. But we will go there knowing if we put in the right performance we are capable of getting the result we want.”

Pirates say they will have to be on their top form to chalk up a double victory over Yorkshire teams.

Last weekend, they won 42-27 at Yorkshire Carnegie.

Titans are next to bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship, while Pirates are fifth.

But their co-coach, Gavin Cattle, knows the southern side will have to be on their mettle.

He said: “Winning well against Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend was pleasing but there are always little things to work on as we look to push the bar to improve still

further.

“The Titans have a hard working team, with a good set piece, and it’ll be important for us to be on our mettle, get a foothold in the game and then apply ourselves.

It’s also about bringing physicality, playing with energy, and maintaining our discipline under pressure.”