1st XV Match Report V Rotherham Titans (Home) Fri 11/02/2011 

 

Moseley

9

 

Rotherham

5

Tries

 

 

 

James

 

Con

 

 

 

 

 

Pen

Thomas 3

 

 

 

 

DG

 

 

 

 

 

Attend

763

 

 

 

 

Referee

Rob Debney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titans clinch play-off spot despite loss

The Star – Monday 14th February

Rotherham’s poor away form continued in Birmingham last night but they have guaranteed their place in the promotion play-offs at the end of the month. The Titans earned a losing bonus point against the Championship’s second from bottom side which will be enough to enable them to finish in the top eight of the league.

As the season reaches its climax, Rotherham can end the first stage of their season on a high note if they beat Bristol at Clifton Lane a week today. In a league game where decent rugby was hard to play because of rain, Rotherham made far too many mistakes, but scored the only try of the match in the second half.

Trailing 9-0 following three penalties by Moseley’s goal kicker Oliver Thomas, Rotherham at last produced a satisfactory move that split their opponents’ defence. Breaks by centre Jonny Hepworth and full back Cliff Hodgson led to a try on 69 minutes by Kiwi winger Simeon James. That score cut Moseley’s lead to 9-5 but the hosts held on.

This defeat, which means that the Titans have not won away from home since beating Bristol at the start of the Championship campaign in late August, is the third time in a fortnight that Rotherham have lost to a side which is in the bottom four.

Earning a losing bonus point at Moseley takes the Titans to 43 points in the Championship table.

 

Moseley

 

Rotherham

Anthony Carter

15

Clifford Hodgson

Edward Styles

14

Peter Swatkins

Bevon Armitage

13

John Hepworth

Joe Munro

12

Juan Pablo Socino

Oliver Thomas

11

Simeon James

Bradley Davies

10

Matthew James

Ryan De La Harpe

9

Joe Bedford

Nathan Williams

1

James Kilbane

Adam Caves

2

Alex Loney

Sean Knight

3

Colin Quigley

David Lyons

4

Benjamin Harris

Paul Spivey

5

Agustin Smidt

Neil Mason

6

Sam Dickinson

Ben Pons

7

Sean Dougall

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Ryan Burrows

 

Replacements

 

Craig Voisey

16

Mark George

Richard Protherough

17

John Aikman

Terry Sigley

18

Louis McGowan

Ben Maidment

19

Daniel Baines

Michael Maltman

20

Byron Godfrey

Gareth Taylor

21

Matthew Rhodes

David Bishop

22

Bradley Hunt