Titan-ic form by Rotherham

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Rotherham’s recent improvement in form, which has produced consecutive away wins, has gathered pace just at the right time.

Rotherham’s recent improvement in form, which has produced consecutive away wins, has gathered pace just at the right time.

Having earned a maximum of 10 points against London Welsh and now Moseley, taking Titans above Doncaster in the Championship, Rotherham are in decent shape as they prepare for Saturday’s home clash against league leaders Bristol.

The win was set up by a convincing first half performance in which they crossed Moseley’s line four times; tries by three quarters Shane Monahan, Ed Tellwright and Tom Foden, and then by flanker Carl Kirwan on his Championship debut, established a 29-3 lead at the interval.

Kirwan, 20, seized his chance superbly of a rare outing in the first team. He scored tries on 42 and 88 minutes and contributed significantly to Tellwright’s try.

Kirwan, continuing the counter-attack launched by full back Foden charged 40 metres towards Moseley’s posts.

His exciting burst smashed Moseley’s defence, but realising he could not score, Kirwan sensibly passed to his winger in support.

Tellwright, also scoring his first try for Rotherham, has the potential, too, to make a lasting impact in the Championship, but it was the fine display by Kirwan that caught the eye.

“I have learnt a lot from the experienced players. They are teaching me a lot, not least on how to be aggressive. If I’d had a bit more gas, I would have scored three tries, but I’m over the moon.

“Andre has taken a chance with me and I owe him big style, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I was on the bench against Bristol. I’d be delighted with that,” explained Kirwan.

Rotherham’s victory would not have been possible without ferocious defence and tackling throughout the second half when Moseley were playing down the slope with a strong wind at their backs.

Titans’ resistance was so stubborn that they held out until the 81st minute as relentless pressure at last produced Moseley’s only try for Drew Harper.

Just before the final whistle, Rotherham’s forwards, with flanker Robin Copeland again in the thick of the action, created a promising position on their opponents’ line.

Kirwan, as he had been throughou was also in support and when he spotted the opening, grabbed the opportunity to score his second try and Rotherham’s fifth.

Moseley’s coaches, Kevin Maggs and Craig West, both formerly at Rotherham, looked rather glum after their latest defeat.

Rotherham: Foden, Tellwright, Brierley, Nonu, Monahan, Hodgson, Rhodes, Kilbane, Baines, O’Donnell, Maddison, Griffiths, Copeland, Kirwan, Taulava. Reps: Stagg, Cahill, Hooper, Noonan, Dougall, Williams, Law.

Tries: Kirwan 2, Monahan, Tellwright, Foden; conversions: Hodgson 4; penalty: Hodgson.