Titans wary of Carnegie

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rotherham Titans heach coach Andre Bester is acutely aware of the threat Leeds Carnegie will pose at Headingley tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Titans, in fifth position in the Championship, take on the league’s form side, who after a shocking start have gone on to win six consecutive games against London Scottish, Moseley, Plymouth, Bedford, Nottingham and Esher.

Above all else, Leeds, now one place below Rotherham, are determined not to repeat the poor performance which brought their defeat earlier in the season at Clifton Lane where the Titans claimed a 22-18 success.

“It’s still embarrassing to remember what Rotherham did to us at their place in the first half.We did not show up and we will be making sure that it never happens again,” admits Leeds skipper and hooker Andy Titterrell.

Bester said: “Leeds have some experienced players and they are a good side who are improving and to say that everyone is young is wrong. Players like prop Mike MacDonald and back row forward Ryan Burrows know their way around, so we are expecting the toughest of matches.

“Leeds are always tough opposition and they don’t lose too many up at Headingley. We will need to make sure that we all perform and that everyone does their job. That being the case, we are always confident of getting the result.”

Burrows, who played 100 games in four seasons at Clifton Lane before signing for Leeds earlier this year, will be lining up at Headingley with another former Titan, winger Lee Blackett.