Boost for Titans as four return to action

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Four of Rotherham’s most influential players, centre Juan Pablo Socino, full-back Sean Scanlon, forward Dan Sanderson and fly-half Dallan Murphy have recovered from their injuries and are fit to return to the Titans side for today’s Championship clash against Bedford at Clifton Lane (2pm.)

Rotherham coach Lee Blackett is also delighted to welcome back to the squad, forward Laurence Pearce, who has completed his month long suspension.

In what is expected to be a close match, the come-back of Socino,the Championship’s leading points’ scorer with 155,could be a major factor.

The Argentinean, who has not played for four weeks since pulling a hamstring, has been in sparkling form since he re-signed for the Titans.

Socino has put over 22 conversions, 32 penalties and scored three tries in the Championship, a scoring sequence which has made him the target of Premiership clubs.

“The Bedford match will test our defence because once Bedford get into their opponents’ 22,they normally score” explained Blackett. “I think one mistake will settle the outcome of the game. It will be that tight. Bedford recently beat the league leaders London Welsh in the Championship and they won at Plymouth, so they are a good side. We have a lot of respect for them and their coach Mike Rayer.

“The Bedford pack is not given enough credit and when we have watched videos I have been impressed with Bedford’s all-round game.”

Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Roberts, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Hislop, Cruse, Quigley, Maddison, Sanderson, Birch, Preece, Rieder. Reps:Sowrey, Williams, Tampin, Thomas, Pearce, White, Gill.