Titans pay price of ill-discipline

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ROTHERHAM’S hopes of moving into the top three in the Championship disappeared as they left Brickfields empty-handed last night.

Ill-discipline and a failure to take the few chances they mustered cost Andre Bester’s men dear.

Fly-half Paul Roberts gave Albion a fifth-minute lead with a penalty, but that was cancelled out 10 minutes later by opposite number Garry Law.

It looked as if would be level at the interval when Albion were awarded a penalty inside Titans’ 22 and kicked to the corner.

Openside flanker Sam Hocking broke off the catch-and-drive, and as he dived over the line, the ball was dislodged from his grasp by a Titans player coming from an offside position. A penalty try was awarded, which Roberts converted to give Albion a 10-3 half-time advantage.

Just before the break, Law missed a 35-metre penalty chance, and the Titans suffered a further blow soon after half time when Pale Nonu was sin-binned for a high tackle.

Albion swiftly capitalised on their one-man advantage. After a period of pressure on the Titans line, Roberts delivered an inch-perfect crossfield kick for former Doncaster Knights winger Paul Bailey to score in the corner to stretch Plymouth’s advantage to 12 points.

n TITANS: M Whitehead (J McKinney 52), M Doneghan, L Blackett, P Nonu, E Sheridan, G Law (capt), J Williams (J Gill 70), J Kilbane (S Cahill 52), T Stagg (D Baines 52), R Davies (G Denman 70), N Patrick (R Pitman 36), D Sanderson, A Rieder, C Kirwan, T Freeman. Replacement not used: J-F Bester.

n Pens: Law.