Seven-try Titans turn on style

Sean Scanlon fights off this tackle to  score  a try for Rotherham
Sean Scanlon fights off this tackle to score a try for Rotherham
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Rotherham Titans coach Lee Blackett, delighted with his team’s 14th win in 19 Championship matches, will announce later this week the names of five new signings he has made for next season.

Blackett,whose team won by seven tries to one at Clifton Lane, will also reveal that another member of the present first team squad has re-signed for the 2014-15 campaign.

The other positive point to emerge from Titans, who are now nine points clear of promotion rivals London Scottish, in fifth place, is that forwards Ed Williamson and Alfie To’oala have made such progress recovering from their injuries that they are now available to be selected for this Saturday’s game at Bedford.

Considering the good form which the current back row of Ali Birch, Jack Preece and Alex Rieder are showing, it is unlikely that Blackett will change this winning format, although Williamson and To’oala may be included on the replacements’ bench at Goldington Road.

In an excellent team performance, two tries in the first half and then another five in the second when Rotherham piled up 33 points, one player stood out.

Welsh centre Jack Roberts figured prominently by scoring two superb tries on 44 and 52 minutes as the Titans scored four tries in only 14 minutes during a thrilling start to the second period.

Roberts’ first try was one of the best individual efforts seen at Clifton Lane this season: he ran almost 50 metres to touch down as this strong, stocky and powerful runner burst through Plymouth’s defence to score Rotherham’s fourth try.

“It could not have gone better for me, but the important point was that it was a good team performance,” explained Roberts who has recently signed a new contract to remain for another season.

“Playing in a team like this you are going to get scoring opportunities because we play open rugby with a quick tempo which breaks teams down.

“Since I came here from Llandovery, my game has improved massively. Training every day and the help from our coaches has developed my game as has the conditioning which has made me fitter and stronger.

“What we have to do now is to push on and get to the play-offs and when we get there we must to put in a big challenge,” said Roberts.

Other individuals who made a strong impact were Irish backs Sean Scanlon and Michael Keating who scored Rotherham’s second and third tries.

“What pleased me most was that we backed up our performance at Nottingham two weeks ago. To score 45 points in those difficult conditions was excellent but we can’t afford to knock off, so we must keep pushing on,” pointed out Blackett.

n Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Roberts, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Gadd, Cruse, Quigley, Holmes,Sanderson, Birch, Preece, Rieder. Replacements: Sowery, Hislop, Tampin, Thomas-Brown, Davies, White, Law.

n Tries: Roberts 2, Preece, Scanlon, Keating, Birch, Hislop; conversions: Socino 3, Law 2.

Referee: Martin Fox.