Rotherham Titans are looking forward to their biggest game in a decade when they take on Bristol Rugby in the Greene King IPA Championship semi-final today, kick-off 2.45pm.
Titans will go into the showdown as massive underdogs as they take on the regular season Championship winners, who have beaten Rotherham on three separate occasions this term. In fact the Titans have failed to collect a losing bonus point in each of the three encounters.
But, despite all that, Rotherham believe if they perform to their potential they are capable of causing a massive upset and in doing so, set up a huge second leg seven days later at Abbeydale.
Head coach Lee Blackett explained, “There’s no hiding from the fact: this is a massive game for the club and the boys deserve their opportunity to show what they can do at this stage of the season.
“We’ll go down there with no pressure on us whatsoever from the outside; we’ll put pressure on ourselves because we believe on our day we are good enough to win this game.
“We know it’s a two-legged affair, but we’ll not be thinking about that: we’ll be going there to try and win the game.
“If we’re not at our best then this Bristol side is capable of embarrassing us. But we feel they are beatable and although it’s going to take a massive effort, they are beatable.”
Rotherham have made six changes, with Joel Gill, Juan Pablo Socino, Michael Keating, Robin Hislop, Tom Cruse and Josh Thomas-Brown starting.