Leeds late show dashes Titans hopes of leading league

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Rotherham Titans missed the chance to go top of the Championship overnight when they lost narrowly in a cracking Yorkshire derby at Headingley yesterday evening.

While the Titans controlled the first half and began the second half promisingly as Irish flanker Robin Copeland crashed over for his eighth league try on 47 minutes to put Rotherham ahead by 14-9, Leeds fought back strongly and were the better and more aggressive side later on. The Titans left West Yorkshire with a losing bonus point and were regretting letting Leeds back into the game in which they scored 19 points after the break. Rotherham conceded a converted try, three drop goals and a penalty as Leeds recovered strongly to seize control.

This defeat, only the fourth Rotherham loss in 12 Championship games, leaves the Titans in the top six.

Once again, fly half Garry Law top scored for the Titans as he put over four penalties and a conversion to take his personal tally to more than 140 points in the Championship. Earlier, two penalties by fly half Garry Law on 10 and 14 minutes enabled Titans to start well as they led 6-3.

Rotherham’s defence was stretched periodically, but in the opening 20 minutes, effective tackling stopped any hope of a try by the Headingley side.

Law’s fourth effort was successful as it increased the Titans’ lead to 9-3. Just before half time, Leeds reduced Rotherham’s advantage to only 9-6 when full back Tommy Bell put over his second penalty.

n TITANS: Foden, Tellwright, McCall, Nonu, Monahan, Law, Williams, Cahill, Baines, Hooper, Maddison, Griffiths, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava.

n Scorers: Try: Copeland. Conversion: Law. Penalties: Law 4.