Socino kicks Titans back on track

Rotherham Titans v Moseley'Greene King Championship'Juan Pablo Socino'Rotherham Titans
Rotherham Titans v Moseley'Greene King Championship'Juan Pablo Socino'Rotherham Titans
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As Rotherham maintain the credibility of their promotion challenge, the Titans will announce shortly the names of two new players they have recruited to strengthen the first team squad.

Coach Lee Blackett,whose side overcame the heavy defeat by London Welsh a week ago, has signed a centre for 16 months and a back row player for the rest of the Championship season.

The forward is dual registered with a Premiership club and is needed because of injuries to Ed Williamson and Laurence Pearce.

Rotherham’s narrow win against Scottish showed the resilience of the side who mastered filthy conditions at Clifton Lane where they trailed 12-3 at the interval.

However, during an encouraging fight-back in the second half when the forwards, notably Colin Quigley, Josh Thomas-Brown, Dan Sanderson and Alex Rieder, performed impressively, Rotherham earned their 12th win in the Championship. They remain in the top four and on course to reach the promotion play-offs.

The reliable goal-kicking of centre Juan Pablo Socino set up the victory in what had become a must-win game following the thrashing by London Welsh.

Socino’s four penalties after the interval on 43, 55, 60 and 70 minutes gradually helped Rotherham to establish a match winning position, but in the hardest of contests, Rotherham found it hard to smash their way through the best defence in the Championship.

But they prevailed and deserved the four priceless points which keep them eight points clear of Scottish who are rivals for a place in the top four.

Titans: Scanlon, Broadley, Roberts, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Hislop, Sowrey, Quigley, Thomas-Brown, Sandeerson, Rieder, Preece, To’oala. Replacements: Cruse, Gadd, Tampin, Birch, Maddison, White, Keating.

Titans penalties: Socino 5.