Titans forced into changes

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Rotherham Titans are expected to show two changes in the pack for tomorrow’s home Championship game against bottom clubEsher, coached by former Clifton Lane hero Mike Schmid.

Injuries sustained by prop Rob O’Donnell (head) and second row Neale Patrick (neck and head) during last Friday’s match against Nottingham at Meadow Lane have forced coach Andre Bester to replace them with Ben Hooper and Adrian Griffiths.

“As a precaution, we are going to rest Patrick who was carried off at Nottingham, but thankfully he is okay and has been given the all-clear by doctors,” said forwards coach Ben Wade.

“He got a nasty bang and we think Patrick was hurt in a clash with Rob who required 15 stitches.

“Rob is also fine now, but I don’t think he will be starting.Hooper, who joined us from Wharfedale, deserves his chance because he is coming on well and, considering he was playing in a lower league last season, has adapted successfully to the demands of a much tougher competition,” adds Wade.

Rotherham, now sixth in the Championship after claiming two points in the 30-30 draw at Nottingham, have warned their players not to show any complacency against the side still to gain any points after five Championship games.

“The aim is to maintain our 100 per cent record at home and we must keep things rolling our way and not take anything for granted,” said Wade. “This league is wide open and there are no easy games. While the lads are gelling, we still have things to work on, such as our lineout.”

Rotherham’s coaches have been quick to praise centre Byron Godfrey, and utility back Tom Foden

Titans from: Hamilton, Monahan, Godfrey, Nonu, Foden, Law, Rhodes, Williams, Kilbane, Stagg, Baines, Hooper, Griffiths, Maddison, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava, Harris, Dickinson, Hodgson, Homan, Cahill and Kirwan.

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