Rugby: Rotherham Titans want revenge at Moseley

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Rotherham embark on a revenge mission tomorrow against Moseley, who caused one of the league shocks of the Championship season by beating Titans on Boxing Day.

Rotherham, who dropped to fifth in the Championship table following their defeat (27-25) by Bristol last Saturday, need to win if they are to regain fourth place.

Moseley, second from bottom, surprisingly won by 26-22 just after Christmas, but are a stronger side than their results, only four victories in 18 games, suggest.

Titans’ coach, Lee Blackett, warned: “They were the better side when we met at Clifton Lane and Moseley are competitive at home. Traditionally, they are difficult to break down and are stubborn opponents.”

After an impressive performance against Bristol, not surprisingly, Blackett makes few changes for Billesley Common. Skipper and second row forward Tom Holmes injured his knee last Saturday, so his place is taken by Sean Robinson, and in the back row, Irish number eight Will Ryan is preferred to Ben Morris who is one of the replacements. In the back line, centre Lloyd Hayes, who has not played for a month because of a shoulder injury, returns instead of Mark Cooke.

Managed by the former Rotherham player-coach, Kevin Maggs, Moseley should not be underestimated even though they are relegation candidates. Rotherham- winners at Billesley Common on their previous four visits - have the better record in both attack and defence in league games this season, but need to be aware of the threat posed by Chris Brightwell who has scored six tries and winger Drew Cheshire who has touched down five times. With so much at stake for both sides - Moseley urgently needing a win to avoid relegation and Rotherham requiring victory to keep their promotion campaign intact - a fiercely competitive game can be predicted.

After tomorrow’s game, Titans have three Championship games remaining against Doncaster, Nottingham and London Scottish.

Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Hayes, Davies, Wilson, McKinney, White, Hislop, Cruse, Tampin,Maddison, Robinson, Rieder, Preece, Ryan.

Replacements: Dunn, Williams, Thiede, Morris, Birch, Barrett, Broadley.