Rugby Union: Titans wins despite Juan loss

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Rotherham earned a remarkable 28-17 win against Plymouth last night where they overcame a first half injury to their leading points’ scorer, centre Juan Pablo Socino, who limped off after hurting a leg while kicking a penalty.

At this stage, it is not known how long the Argentinean will be out for, but it is possible he will miss next weekend’s game against Llanelli in the British and Irish Cup.

The Titans, though, triumphed in adversity and went on to win their seventh Championship victory and only their second at Plymouth in ten visits.

The victory was set up following a fine first half effort in which Welsh centre Jack Roberts and flanker Jack Preece both scored tries and with fly half Joel Hodgson, taking over the goal kicking from Socino, striking two conversions, Rotherham led by 17-10 at the interval.

The Titans, however, were put under some pressure by Plymouth who also scored two tries before half time, and arguably Rotherham would have lost if Albion had not missed 16 points at the posts.

Hodgson, playing his second game for Rotherham during his loan period from Premiership club Newcastle Falcons, continued to show his class, and during the second half as the Titans attacked, he added two more penalties which stretched the lead to 23-10.

Although some of Rotherham’s handling was careless, they produced some sparkling moves which produced a third try.

Late in the second half, winger Michael Keating broke through the Albion defence, a score that confirmed Rotherham’s excellent win away from home.

However, just before the final whistle, Albion managed for the third time to smash Rotherham’s defence.

Winger Tom Bowen shot through for his second try and although his score was converted, Plymouth were unable to earn a losing bonus point and in the process lost again at home, this time to a Rotherham side that is well worth its place in the top four of the Championship.

On reflection, the Titans should have left Brickfields with a bonus point, but they missed two try scoring opportunities in the second half, one as full back Sean Scanlon knocked on after he was held up on the Plymouth line.