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Rotherham Titans’ coach, Lee Blackett, delighted with several aspects of the team’s pre-season performance against Premiership club Worcester Warriors (29-18 loss), is preparing his squad for tomorrow’s match against Hull Ionians.

After the Hull game, Rotherham have two more friendlies against Macclesfield and Sheffield Tigers before the Championship campaign begins against Moseley in four weeks. Blackett was particularly pleased with Aussie fly half Dallan Murphy, scrum half Charlie Mulchrone and Argentinean centre Juan Pablo Socino. Murphy, one of eight new players in Titans’ starting line-up, scored a thrilling try and also kicked a conversion and two penalties to finish with 13 points.

Rotherham’s second try was scored by another debutant, hooker Tom Cruse. “We can do better, but our boys fronted up well. Our attack in the first half looked good and I was pleased with our defence” said Blackett. “Dallan Murphy was a standout performer, but he knows he has things to work on. We played with intensity throughout and I was pleased with our fitness. Unfortunately, once again we had discipline issues and had three yellow cards against us.”

Blackett added: “Thankfully,we have a referee coming in next week to talk to our players and we will also be seeking further guidance from him about the laws at the breakdown” said Blackett.

During the Worcester game, second row forward Josh Thomas-Brown suffered a nasty blow to his head but Blackett says the former London Scottish player is fully recovered.