FINISH the season in style: that’s the aim of Rotherham Titans who have just four games remaining in the Championship, one of which is at home on Saturday against Cornish Pirates.
Centre Lee Blackett says with three of the games at home, Rotherham have every chance of achieving that objective. “We’ve got Pirates, Moseley and then London Scottish at Clifton Lane and Leeds away, and we think we’re good enough to win all our last four games. We have a special group of players here.
“In the past, old Rotherham teams tended not to do so well in the last few games,but with three matches at home we are confident” he said. “This week all the focus has been on Pirates. They are a physical side with a good scrum, so it’s going to be a good battle up front. When we lost there earlier in the season, looking back it was our poorest performance, so we can put that right.”
Codling will not announce the squad until tomorrow, but there is some doubt as to whether flanker Latu Makaafi, outstanding in the recent games against Newcastle and Doncaster, will be fit.
The forward has a knee injury, but Blackett says he is hopeful that Makaafi will have recovered by Saturday.
Blackett accepts that Rotherham’s win in the derby at Doncaster did not help the Castle Park club’s efforts to avoid relegation.
“I hope they do stay up but it is going to be difficult. It would be bad for rugby in in Yorkshire if Donny were to go down and it is certainly not in Rotherham’s interests.”
Like the dozen or so other players who have re-signed for Rotherham next season, Blackett is anxious to see who will be appointed to succeed Codling. “Alex has done an outstanding job here. All the players have a high opinion - he continues to give everything to the club.”
Although Titans have still to reveal the names of new players who are joining and leaving before next season, Blackett assured Titans fans that: “People are working hard to recruit players of quality.”