Davies in at start for Titans’ Pirates test

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Rotherham Titans centre Jordan Davies makes his full league debut against Cornish Pirates on Sunday in Penzance where the Clifton Lane club have not win in six Championship games.

Davies, 24, who joined Rotherham in February after spells with Sale Sharks, Leeds Carnegie and Salford Reds, has previously come on as a replacement in recent league games against Bristol, Nottingham, Plymouth and Bedford, and in last Friday’s quarter-final clash at Bristol in the British and Irish Cup.

“Jordan needs the opportunity to start a game in the Championship and deserves his chance.

“He is aggressive and is a physical player with good footwork.

“Jordan passes the ball well and I am sure he will form a good centre partnership with Jack Roberts,” explained coach Lee Blackett.

The front row in the forwards, who performed well in a losing cause against Bristol a week ago, keep their places for the Pirates game, so that means Marshall Gadd,Tom Cruse and Mark Tampin start from the kick-off in a Rotherham pack missing the flair and aggression of back row player Ali Birch, recovering from a bang on the head.

However, flanker Jack Preece, one of the Titans’ outstanding players this season, returns with Juan Pablo Socino continuing at fly half.

“Juan did really well in the No10 shirt against Bristol. It is not his natural position but he is a class act,” said Blackett.

Rotherham’s regular fly half,Dallan Murphy, who has been out with a hip injury, is on the bench against Pirates who are sixth in the Championship and always hard to beat in Penzance.

“Pirates have a tough scrum and lineout but our squad are in great spirits just now,” added Blackett.

Titans: Scanlon, Broadley, Davies, Roberts, Keating, Socino, Mulchrone, Gadd, Cruse, Tampin, Holmes,Brown,Williamson,Preece,Rieder. Replacements: Morris, Williams, Stout, To’oala, Murphy, White, Gill.