As Rotherham’s former skipper, Joe Bedford, plans a future at his new club in South Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons, who play in the Magners League, his successor as captain and scrum half, Matt Rhodes, has a promise for Titans fans
“We’ll put on a fighting performance on Saturday,” he says.
Rhodes’ pledge follows Rotherham’s thrashing by 67-14 last Sunday at Penzance by Cornish Pirates in the televised game in the Championship promotion play-offs.
“I never ever want to go through such an experience again in my career. It was embarrassing,” says Rhodes whose team faces Pirates in the return game on Saturday at Clifton Lane.
Rotherham’s disastrous run in the play-offs, three heavy defeats by Bedford, Doncaster and now Pirates, has seen them concede more than 160 points which include 24 tries, 10 last Sunday.
Not surprisingly, the Titans are bottom of Group B, and with Pirates heading strongly into the semi-finals, and given their desire to keep the momentum going, Rotherham will not be expecting any mercy.
“Pirates have everything to play for, just like Bedford Blues, but we are competitive at home and will be on Saturday,” explains Rhodes.
His predecessor,Bedford, meanwhile, will continue playing for the Titans in the remaining three play-off matches before taking a break and then starting pre-season training with Newport Gwent Dragons.
The Titans’ scrum half is convinced he can perform well at a higher level. Following a contract disagreement with coach Andre Bester over terms for next season, Bedford said he needed to find another club, but had hoped to stay.