Rotherham Titans’ defence will need to be at its sharpest if they are to perform competitively against Championship leaders London Welsh, at Old Deer Park tomorrow.
With only one defeat in six league games, Welsh are arguably the most dangerous team Rotherham will face this season.
Titans, whose side will be more or less the same which beat Esher at Clifton Lane last weekend, will be reinforced by the expected return of prop Rob O’Donnell and second row Neale Patrick, both recovered from injury. Sixth in the Championship, Rotherham will be put under pressure right from the start by a powerful Welsh side now coached by Lyn Jones who was appointed last July following several successful seasons with the Ospreys.
Having scored 21 tries in open play, Rotherham’s opponents like to attack from anywhere, and one player in particular, No 8 Ed Jackson, needs close marking by the Titans’ forwards.
Jackson has scored six tries in the Championship, and, as he showed in Doncaster’s colours last season, can be a constant threat, especially when his side especially when his side has an attacking scrum on the opposition line.
Rotherham’s pack is also strong, and there is no reason why it should not be able to compete on equal terms with Welsh’s if influential forwards like Semisi Taulava, Robin Copeland, O’Donnell and Patrick play to their potential.
Titans (from): Hamilton, Foden, Godfrey, Nonu, Monahan, Law, Williams, Kilbane, Stagg, O’Donnell, Dickinson, Patrick, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava, Baines, Cahill, Hooper, Harris, Maddison, Kirwan, Rhodes, Hodgson, Griffiths, Brierley.