Several players will make their final appearance in a Rotherham Titans’ shirt tomorrow when they play their last match of the Championship season at Bedford.
At least five of the Rotherham pack are leaving Clifton Lane, but those players are thought to be not the only ones who are departing for a variety of reasons.
The match at Goldington Road is the Titans’ sixth and last in what has turned out to be a flat and disappointing play-offs campaign; with only one win n five games in Pool B, Rotherham, bottom of their group on only six points, must get into the right frame of mind to finish the season on a high note. It will not be an easy challenge at Bedford who have already qualified for the semi-finals.
The East Midlands’ club are top of Pool B with 19 points so Titans can expect a highly competitive contest.
It is expected that Rotherham coach Andre Bester will stick with the 22 players who were selected for last weekend’s match against Leeds Carnegie which was the Titans’ fourth defeat in five play-off games.
All attention at Clifton Lane is now being concentrated on recruitment of new players for next season, and while officials are proud that top clubs have signed five of Rotherham’s best forwards, the growing feeling is that the Titans are rapidly becoming a feeder club.
That status means that Rotherham find it almost impossible to keep their major players which, in turn, makes it even harder for the club to regain their Premiership status.
n Titans (from): McCall, Homan, Monahan, Nonu, Tellwright, Hamilton, Williams, Cahill, Baines, Hooper, Patrick, Maddison, Kirwan, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava, Stagg, Vaioleti, Griffiths, Rhodes, Hodgson, Foden, Godfrey.