Titans eager to defy history

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THE weight of history is firmly against Rotherham Titans triumphing at The Mennaye Field tomorrow.

The injury-hit South Yorkshire club, who are set to appoint a new coach next week following Andre Bester’s resignation, head to Penzance aiming to beat Cornish Pirates for just the second time ever.

Lee Blackett, Titans acting head coach, has made four changes to his starting line-up for the tricky trip, kick-off 2pm. Joel Gill comes in for Pale Nonu, who is ruled out with a foot niggle, whilst Blackett has altered his entire front row, handing starts to Shane Cahill, Dan Baines and Ross Davies.

New signing Ed Taylor, signed on a dual registered agreement from Worcester Warriors, has been named as a replacement. The 19-year-old can be deployed in the back or second row.

Blackett, who is hopeful Nonu, fly-half James McKinney and Eamonn Sheridan will be fit to play against Leeds Carnegie later this month, said: “Cornish Pirates away is always one of the toughest challenges of the season, but I think sometimes when you go there you can get mentally beaten before you get there. However, we are going down there with a different attitude.

“We’ve seen them on video and we’ve seen where we can break them down. We know they are a massively dangerous team and we will have to be at our best to come away with the win but I am confident the boys can do it.”

n TITANS: Backs - F Mulchrone, Homan, Blackett, Gill, Doneghan, Law, C Mulchrone.

Forwards - Cahill, Baines, Davies, Freeman, Sanderson, Rieder, Ellyatt, Kirwan.