Bashed-up Sam on bench

Second row: Sam Dickinson
Second row: Sam Dickinson
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Rotherham’s skipper and second row forward, Sam Dickinson, is still suffering from sore ribs and will not make the starting line-up at Clifton Lane tomorrow when the Titans, fourth in the Championship, take on Plymouth Albion (2pm).

However, it’s thought that Dickinson is fit enough to be used as a replacement in the second half and will be on the bench as Rotherham aim to bounce back from their Championship defeat at Leeds. Rotherham’s squad is more than likely to be the same picked for the trip to Headingley, but coach Andre Bester may begin with a front row of Jamie Kilbane, Dan Baines and Rob O’Donnell.

Plymouth, now being coached by the former Exeter boss Peter Drewett, are potentially a far better team than their third from bottom position suggests.

Indeed, Albion beat Rotherham 24-20 in the first league clash in September, and under Drewett will adopt a much more fluent approach than the forward based game preferred by Dawe. So as Rotherham prepare to defend their unbeaten home record, they can expect to be threatened by Plymouth’s three quarters and full back James Love.

Titans’ fly half Garry Law is still the top points’ scorer in the league with 149 made up of 19 conversions, 35 penalties and two drop goals, but Love is in second place on 120.

One of Rotherham’s players in particular is looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Flanker Robin Copeland, the team’s leading try scorer, joined from Plymouth in the summer and has been the Titans’ outstanding forward so far. The Irishman’s pace and aggression have helped to make Rotherham’s pack one of the most feared in the Championship, and Copeland, who has scored in the last two games against Doncaster and Leeds, is determined to continue this excellent form.