Juan Pablo Socino, the Championship’s top points’ scorer this season with more than 300, is determined that this Saturday’s return game at Abbeydale against Bristol is emphatically not his last for Rotherham.
The Argentinian centre or fly half, is moving to Premiership team Newcastle Falcons, and if Rotherham were to lose to Bristol, then Socino would have played his last game in a Titans’ shirt.
If, though, Rotherham produce a major shock, he would go on to appear in two more games as the promotion final is over two legs.
Socino is a matchwinner to be feared, such is the accuracy of his goal kicking and, who knows, his penalties and conversions could turn out to be the difference between the two teams on Saturday.
The 25-year-old said: “When it comes to goal kicking, I practice every day for at least 40 minutes. I kick three in a row from different positions and the point is the more you practice, the easier it is at weekends.
“I have been pleased with my form, but it is the team which creates the kicking opportunities. Since the cricket season started at Clifton Lane, I have not been able to kick at the posts because they have been taken down, so I have been kicking at imaginary posts and someone has been collecting the balls.
“But now that we are at Abbeydale, the posts are still there and everything has been fine for practice. We have been working really hard there because we know that Bristol will be even tougher in the scrums and line-outs. I think we can beat them and we have given ourselves a good chance.”
Now coming to the end of his second and last season at Rotherham whom he rejoined after spells at Nottingham and Drax in the second tier of French club rugby, Socino is sad to be leaving.
“Rotherham has been a second home to me,” he said. “If there had been a chance to stay, I would, but Newcastle are a Premiership side and if I perform there my chances of playing Test rugby for Argentina, which is my dream, will be improved.”