Rotherham Titans, who have moved up to fifth place in the Championship after excellent away wins against London Welsh and Moseley, should be back to full strength tomorrow for what is expected to be their hardest home game of the season so far against league leaders Bristol.
The pack should be strengthened by the return of flanker Sean Dougall and second row forward Sam Dickinson and possibly lock Neale Patrick, all of whom missed the Moseley game because of injury.
The Titans’ back line will also see the return of fly half Garry Law, the Championship’s second highest points scorer, who has knocked over 90 points - 12 conversions, 21 penalties and a drop goal.
If Rotherham are to retain their unbeaten home record, Law’s accuracy will play a prominent role against opponents who have lost just once in eight league matches.
Rotherham’s defence and three quarters may be reinforced by Steve Hamilton, another absentee last weekend, coming back into the side at centre which means that Tom Foden may continue at full back.
Coach Andre Bester also has to decide if Byron Godfrey, back from the virus which struck several players last week, should go straight back into the starting line-up.
Rotherham are unbeaten in their last four Championship matches and the opinion on the league circuit is that Bester has put together a pack of forwards among the best and the most competitive, and one that can take Rotherham into the promotion play-offs.
Bristol possess two players in particular who may destroy Rotherham’s chances: centre Jack Tovey and wing George Watkins, both of whom have scored six tries in the Championship.
Titans (from): Foden, Hamilton, Tellwright, Monahan, Brierley, Nonu, Godfrey, Law, illiams, Rhodes, Hodgson, Kilbane, Baines, Stagg, O’Donnell, Cahill, Hooper, Harris, Maddison, Griffiths, Dickinson, Patrick, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava, Kirwan, Noonan.