Wilson treble as Titans run in eight tries

Rotherham Titans vs LLanelli 'Rotherham's Curtis Wilson scores for the titans
Rotherham Titans vs LLanelli 'Rotherham's Curtis Wilson scores for the titans
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Rotherham produced one of their best performances of the Championship campaign to thrash Nottingham by eight tries to one at Meadow Lane, winning 51-7.

After defeat against league leaders Bristol, it was essential that Rotherham returned to the winning form that has put them into the top four of the Championship.

They achieved that in style: none more so than winger Curtis Wilson who scored a thrilling hat-trick of tries on 1,41 and 51 minutes.

Wilson’s scores completed moves that shattered the Nottingham as the Titans ran in four tries in each half.

Full back Sean Scanlon added two tries and flanker Ali Birch, fly half Dallan Murphy and winger Michael Keating also touched down as Rotherham claimed a maximum of five points.

What was also impressive was that Rotherham’s forwards distinguished themselves: number eight Alex Rieder was constantly taking the ball forward as were back row men Jack Preece and Birch. Nottingham caused the odd moment of stress for Titans and should have taken several scoring opportunities but they were met by a solid defence and sharp tackling.

Rotherham’s intentions were clear right from the beginning when Wilson scored after only 43 seconds as he finished off an exciting move from the kick-off.

With a comfortable lead of 29-7 at the interval and a bonus point, it would have been tempting to releax, but the second half performance was just as destructive as was the handling and the slick back play.

Rotherham’s 13th win in 18 Championship games takes them to 61 points and consolidates their place in the top four.

* Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Roberts, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Hislop, Sowrey, Quigley, Thomas-Brown, Sanderson, Birch, Preece, Rieder. Replacements: Morris, Gadd, Tampin, Holmes, Davies, White, Law.

* Tries: Wilson 3, Scanlon 2, Birch, Murphy, Keating; conversions: Socino 4; penalty: Socino.