With no game in the Championship or in the British and Irish Cup tomorrow, Rotherham Titans’ coach Lee Blackett has given his squad the weekend off.
But with what he describes as “a massive league game” against Bedford on Boxing Day at Clifton Lane, Blackett says the players, who have taken Rotherham to second place in the Championship, will be back in training on Monday and will also train on Christmas Eve.
Blackett is hopeful that several players who have been injured will be fit again for the Bedford clash,including the league’s leading points scorer, centre Juan Pablo Socino.
Another major player, Australian fly half,Dallan Murphy who,like Socino, injured a hamstring, should also be back to face Bedford.
Rotherham’s Boxing Day opponents started the league campaign weakly, but will arrive at Clifton Lane in improved form, after winning three out of their last four games in the Championship and the B and I Cup.
In their last league match, Bedford produced their best performance of the campaign to beat Championship leadersLondon Welsh 28-26.
The East Midlands’ club scored seven tries last weekend to thrash Connacht 50-12,so the Titans’ defence should be tested.