Rotherham Titans: Top of table test for Titans

Ed Williamson of Rotherham Titans
Ed Williamson of Rotherham Titans
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Rotherham’s excellent start to their Championship season, which has taken them to the top of the table, will be severely tested at Clifton Lane tomorrow when they face the side lying second to them, former Premiership club, London Welsh who are a point behind Titans haul of 15.

The clash between the two unbeaten sides, who have both won three games, is expected to attract Rotherham’s biggest gate so far.

Titans’ coach Lee Blackett has made two changes to the side which beat Moseley last week. Flanker Ed Williamson, a former London Welsh player, returns in the back row at the expense of Jack Preece and is relishing facing his old club as is No 8 Alfie To’oala who also played for London Welsh last season.

Centre Joel Gill starts in place of Welshman Jack Roberts but considering the impact he has made at Clifton Lane since joining from LLandovery, he’ll certainly be used as a replacement.

“ We face a massive physical challenge from London Welsh who are favourites to win the Championship and return to the Premiership,” explains Blackett.

“They are at you the whole time and we will have to be at the top of our game to give ourselves a chance.

“But we want to test ourselves against the best in the league to show where we are as a group of players.

“I know the crowd will get behind us and how much our players appreciate the great support, home and away, we get from Titans fans.”

One familiar face in the opposition squad is ex-Rotherham flanker Carl Kirwan who left Clifton Lane at the end of last season.

London Welsh retained 14 players from the Premiership and received a £900,000 compensation following relegation.

Titans: Keating, Broadley, Gill, Socino, Wilson, Murphy, Mulchrone, Gadd, Cruse, Quigley, Thomas Sanderson Williamson Birch To’oala. Reps: Pearce,Sowery,Tampin,Maddison,Preece,White,Roberts.