Rotherham’s skipper Tom Holmes has promised a big improvement at London Scottish on Saturday as Titans aim to recover from their shock home defeat by Jersey.
The 25 year second row forward, described by coach Mark Jones as “a tremendous character and grafter”, will make his 40th appearance for the club when he leads out the team and said: “It’s important that we bounce back; we need a reaction,” he said.
“The lads will certainly be up for it, so there’s no need to worry about attitude. When you look at our results, we’ve not had back to back losses and when we did lose, we came back and won the next game.
“What we have to do is to take care of the basics. We must make sure we do our bread and butter stuff which is to get the ball at the scrum and line out.
“Rotherham have the ambition and potential to once again reach the promotion play-offs and when you look at the stats so far this season, we’re pretty well placed.
“We are sixth with the same record - played 10 won six and lost four -as Yorkshire Carnegie who are in the top four.
“The Championship this year shows that on any day any team can beat any of the others. It’s a tough league and where you are in the table does not reflect how you are going to get on, that day.
“The Championship gets the credit it deserves. There’s never an easy match. It’s a big honour for me to captain Rotherham and sometimes feel the pressure. The important point is I’ve got a good relationship with our coaches.”
As Rotherham resume training today, it will be interesting, to say the least, to see if all the plain speaking and harsh words have the desired impact at London Scottish.
The Titans’ opponents, who were seriously competitive against Championship leaders Bristol before losing last weekend, are ninth on 20 points-six behind Rotherham who should be boosted by the return of Australian number eight Tim Cree.