Refreshed Titans prepared for ‘second season’

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Rotherham Titans chances of launching their promotion campaign on a winning note against Bedford at Clifton Lane tomorrow have been boosted by their ability to field their strongest squad.

Coach Andre Bester has a fully fit first team and a replacements’ bench which is also physically and mentally refreshed. “We are geared up to the promotion play-offs, I am proud of the work the players have done to get this far and the team spirit is exceptionally strong at the Titans,” Bester said.

“We have learnt a lot from last year’s play-offs when the players were burnt out. Now, many of the major players are fully rested because against Bristol and London Scottish we put out several reserves.

“Going into tomorrow’s game, there is a lot of self-belief which has come from all the hard work we do. I think we work harder than any other Championship side and I can assure all our fans that there will be no lack of effort against Bedford.

“The intensity will be there, our defence is solid and our preparations have been good,” Bester added.

With home advantage, Rotherham will start as favourites to win what should be a closely fought match against a Bedford team, which finished second after the first part of the league competition. The East Midlands’ club have never liked playing on the narrow pitch at Clifton Lane because it does not suit their attacking game plan.However, winger Josh Barrett, the Championship’s top try scorer, will be a threat.

TITANS: Hamilton, Foden, McCall, Nonu, Monahan, Law, Williams, Cahill, Baines, Hooper, Dickinson, Maddison, Copeland, Dougall, Taulava. Reps: Stagg, Kilbane, Vaioleti, Griffiths, Kirwan, Godfrey, Rhodes.