As Rotherham’s skipper and scrum half, Charlie Mulchrone, prepares for his last two games for the Titans against Bristol in the promotion play-offs over the next two Saturdays, he’s conscious that his side have already lost to them three times this season.
“These two games, though, are an opportunity to put right those defeats. They may be the best team in the Championship, but form goes out of the window in knockout rugby.
“I promise we’ll be ready physically and mentally and in peak condition. Having the last two weeks off has recharged the batteries. We know we are the under-dogs-massively-but when we ran the ball in the earlier games against Bristol, we were dangerous.
“Rotherham must be fully focused in the opening 30 minutes because that’s when Bristol are good, so we have to concentrate.
“During that period, we must hold on to the ball and there must be no repeat of what happened in the previous games when we weren’t at the races.”
Mulchrone, 24, joined Rotherham two years ago from Macclesfield and under coach Lee Blackett this season his game has typified the team’s style-running the ball and keeping it alive.
Mulchrone’s quick tap penalties have resulted in several scores and as he says, it’s an approach which suits him.
“In terms of enjoyment, this has been the best 12 months, I’ve loved this season and under Lee my game has changed and developed. I’ve learned a lot from him.
“I’m eternally grateful to Rotherham for giving me the opportunity to play professional rugby. The fans have been tremendous.
“I am gutted to be leaving, but you move as a professional, and now that Worcester have been relegated, I’ll be playing against Rotherham next season.
“I’ve not thought about that because I’ve been concentrating on Bristol. We must put in a performance and give it everything. I have every confidence in our boys.
“When you reflect on our season, everyone has contributed. I don’t like picking out individuals, but Juan Pablo Socino, Jack Roberts, Alex Rieder, and Tom Cruse have all stood out as has Jack Preece.”