Will Thomas and Rotherham Titans braced for derby challenge

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Rotherham Titans’ defence, which showed an improvement during their second victory of the Championship season at Richmond last weekend, will need to be even stronger on Saturday at Clifton Lane in the derby against Yorkshire Carnegie.

The Leeds club are second in the league, one of the favourites to contest the promotion play-offs and are the division’s highest scorers in the Championship.

The match presents a major test for Rotherham full-back Will Thomas who’ll be playing in his biggest game since arriving from Llandovery in West Wales.

Against Richmond, Thomas produced a match-winning display of 13 points - a try, a conversion and two penalties as well as creating a try for fly-half Will Goodwin.

“I was more pleased about setting up a try against Richmond than I was about scoring my own, to be honest,” he said.

“It was great to contribute to a team effort. I was a bit nervous about having the goalkicking duties because I hadn’t kicked in a match for two and half years.

“Although we won, it wasn’t the greatest performance, but the important thing was to get the win.

“I just love to have the ball in hand and when I do that I get excited and want to make something happen.”

Swansea-born Thomas established a good reputation as a Wales Sevens player before moving to Llandovery so that he could develop his skills in the 15-a-side game.

“It was a thrill to travel the world as an 18-year-old and I seem to have been everywhere with Wales Sevens,” he said.

“I played in tournaments in Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai and Latin America.

“Wales had a very good side but we are in transition now and I was delighted when Justin Burnell at Rotherham called me and asked me to come here.

“The Championship is the hardest league I’ve played in by a country mile. I’ve experienced nothing like this before.”