Titans may play midweek game

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ROTHERHAM Titans and Cornish Pirates today begin talks to arrange a convenient date to play their postponed Championship game - twice put off at the weekend because of snow on the pitch at Clifton Lane.

It’s thought the best option will be to play the league match either on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

The game must be played before Saturday April 20th, the finishing date for the first stage of the Championship before the promotion play-offs start. Pirates will be keen to avoid playing too many games close together because they are in the quarter finals of the British and Irish Cup against Munster and have a chance of reaching the play-offs.

Of greater importance to Rotherham’s long term future is the recruitment of a new coach to succeed Alex Codling - the search continues this week. As negotiations with possible appointees are confidential, Rotherham are not commenting publicly on who has been approached.

However, it is thought that the best candidates may be younger coaches, possibly with experience of playing in the Premiership, who are keen to advance their careers by taking a job in the Championship for the first time.

Meanwhile, Rotherham’s players must now concentrate on their preparations for one of the biggest games of the season; Easter Sunday’s clash in the Championship against Leeds Carnegie at Headingley.

“There is huge rivalry between us and Leeds, and with the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy at stake, there is a lot to play for” says Codling.

“Leeds are a good attacking side who are well positioned to reach the play-offs, so Sunday’s match is really important to them. I know we can play better than we did in the first league meeting in November when Rotherham lost at home. Leeds are on a good run and the match this Sunday is a real challenge.”

Codling is expected to stick with the side that would have played against Pirates, but it is possible flanker Latu Makaafi will be called into the squad if his knee injury has recovered. Both Rotherham and Leeds will be ring rusty not having played for three weeks.