Rotherham Titans have received a major boost as they try to recover from last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Jersey by beating London Scottish tomorrow.
Australian number eight Tim Cree, the club’s leading try scorer in the league with five touch-downs, is available for selection after overcoming a hamstring injury that kept him out for four weeks.
Cree, who has made a big impression in his first season in English rugby, hasn’t appeared for Rotherham since the win at Nottingham.
But there are doubts as to the fitness of the Titans other overseas player, Canadian international Kyle Gilmour. The flanker who appeared for Canada in the World Cup has a sore issue, so he may not be available for selection.
As coach Mark Jones prepares for the trip to London Scottish, he has a difficult choice to make as to who plays at fly half.
“We have three good number 10s in Ross Jones, James McKinney and Will Goodwin and I can only play one from the start. It’s a good problem to have, but not easy to solve. One thing about Goodwin is that if he’s on the bench he can provide cover for full back and centre. All three have shown they can do really well in the Championship” says Jones. In the build-up to tomorrow’s contest, Jones and forwards’ coach Steve Salvin have been working flat out to correct the weaknesses which resulted in the home defeat by Jersey. We were poor in the contact area, we struggled to get over the gain line and our attacking shape wasn’t good. We were not fluent. In addition, we didn’t do too well in the scrums and line outs.
“But I believe we are a side that can cause problems for any team in the Championship and like London Scottish we have still to fire on all cylinders.”
He added: “Scottish can be a handful and we must watch their driving maul from line outs, but I am sure we will show a big improvement down there,” added Jones.
On another positive note, hooker Jack Preece is back in training. His neck injury is improving and he may be included in the squad.
Rotherham are sixth in the Championship on 26 points with six wins from 10 games. Scottish have 20 points and are in ninth place.
Rotherham from: Scanlon, Keating, Rath, Wilson, J.Hayes, L.Hayes, Barker, Jones, McKinney, Goodwin, White, Carter, Davies, Cromie, Hislop, C.Maddison, Preece, Crane, Thiede, Tampin, Elliot, Holmes, B.Maddison, Salmon, Calladine, Birch, Argyle, Cree, Oram, Gilmour.