Titans get set for tough test from Pirates

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Rotherham Titans, third in the Championship and pushing for a place in the promotion play-offs, face one of their toughest challenges of the entire league season tomorrow against Cornish Pirates at Clifton Lane, kick-off 2 pm.

In particular, Rotherham’s forwards will be put under severe pressure by one of the hardest packs in the Championship which has taken Pirates to sixth with a record of seven wins from 11 league matches.

Titans coach Lee Blacketthas made five changes from the side that beat Bedford 35-6 on Boxing Day. In the pack hooker Ben Sowrey is preferred to Tom Cruse, lock Ben Thomas takes the place of Dan Sanderson and at the back of the scrum,Ed Williamson, who has not played for six weeks since suffering a bang on the head at Bristol in November, returns at number eight.

“When Sowrey come on against Bedford he did really well. Both our hookers have great strengths and Ben is a very good scrummager, so he deserves to start,” said Blackett. “ Similarly, Thomas was impressive when he came on as a replacement on Boxing Day.”

TITANS:Scanlon, Keating, Roberts, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, White, Hislop,Sowrey, Quigley, Maddison, Thomas, Rieder, Preece, Williamson.