Rotherham Titans will look to finish off their Greene King IPA Championship season on a high when they travel to Nottingham on Friday night; kick-off at The Bay is 7:45pm.
Following Rotherham’s impressive performance and victory over Yorkshire Carnegie last time out, the South Yorkshire side are eager to finish off their season and 22 years tenure in the Championship with a win.
Nottingham however will be equally determined to grab the spoils and following their recent impressive 41-21 win over Bedford Blues, they will go into the game full of confidence.
Ahead of the match Titans have made three changes to their starting XV with Rhodri Davies returning to the side at scrum half for Francisco Vieira. In the pack Toby Williams is given the nod at loose head over Tom Williams and Dan Grange comes into the back row as Adam Peters moves to lock for the injured Matt Postlethwaite.
Rotherham’s Nic Rouse commenting ahead of the game explained, “We were delighted with the result against Carnegie last time out; we set a game plan which worked perfectly to get us the win. It was great for the club to get a victory over a fierce local rival, it’s just a shame the rivalry won’t continue next year.
“It’s obviously not been a great season for us and everyone connected with the club, but the result against Carnegie is one we can all be proud of.
“However, we don’t want that result to be a fluke and we want to go to Nottingham this week and get another result. Like I’ve said all along the boys deserve it, because they’ve worked extremely hard and they turn up every week with the right attitude.
“If you let Nottingham play they can be extremely good, they are a very good attacking team who have threats and big ball-carrying players all over the place.
“Their fly half, Tiff Eden is a dangerous player; he’s has had a great year and he’s off to Bristol for next season in the Premiership. The hooker Jimmy Stevens is another dangerous player for them, for me he’s the best hooker in the league and I expect him to be another big threat for them.
“So, we will need to defend well and make sure we play in the right areas of the park; if we manage that I believe we have a great opportunity of finishing off the season with a win.”
Titans: 15 Will Thomas, 14 Drew Cheshire, 13 Jamie Cooke, 12 Lee Millar, 11 Jake Henry, 10 Caolan Ryan, 9 Rhodri Davies, 1 Toby Williams, 2 Luke Cole, 3 Andrew Foster, 4 Rob Louw, 5 Adam Peters, 6 Tom Burns, 7 Dan Grange, 8 Tom Calladine (Capt.).
Replacements: 16 Nic Dolly, 17 Tom Williams, 18 Brandon Palmer, 19 Joe Barker, 20 Ben Foley, 21 Wesley Hamilton, 22 Francisco Vieira.