League Table

P W D L Pts
1 Bristol 21 17 0 4 86
2 London Welsh 21 18 0 3 82
3 Leeds 21 16 0 5 75
4 Rotherham Titans 21 16 0 5 75
5 London Scottish 21 13 0 8 61

Fixtures

Cornish Pirates (53) vs Rotherham Titans (21) - Championship

Sunday November 11th - KO 2.00pm

Pre-Match Report

In addition to the long list of injuries for the Titans, Pale Nonu will not travel with the squad after picking up a niggling foot injury. However, the Titans have added to their squad this week with the recruitment of Ed Taylor on a dual registered agreement from Worcester Warriors.

Nineteen years-old Taylor can cover both back row and second row slots and at 6' 3" and 16 stones, he’s sure to add a physical presence to the Titans pack.

Rotherham have made four changes for their tricky encounter into deepest Cornwall. Along the backline Joel Gill comes in for Pale Nonu, whilst in the forwards there is an entire front row change with Shane Cahill, Dan Baines and Ross Davies all returning to the starting line-up.

Titans acting Head Coach Lee Blackett said ahead of travelling, “We do have a lot of injuries right now and the worrying thing is some of them are long term injuries, although we are hopeful that for the Leeds game we will have James McKinney, Eamonn Sheridan and Pale Nonu back in contention.

“The injuries within the squad are testing the boys, but we came through it very well last week against Doncaster and I think we are mentally tough enough to get through it again this weekend.

“The club has brought Ed Taylor in this week; he came on a recommendation from Worcester. We’ve only seen Ed for two sessions this week and we’ve liked what we’ve seen so far. However, it’s all about what we see on game day and I’m sure he’ll see some action against the Pirates.

“Cornish Pirates away is always one of the toughest challenges of the season, but I think sometimes when you go there you can get mentally beaten before you get there. However, we are going down there with a different attitude. No one expects us to win the game other than ourselves and we are fully confident in achieving the result we believe we are capable of attaining.

“We’ve seen them on video and we’ve seen where we can break them down. We know they are a massively dangerous team down there and we will have to be at our 100% best to come away with the win, but I am fully confident the boys can do that.”

Titans: 15 Fergus Mulchrone, 14 Peter Homan, 13 Lee Blackett, 12 Joel Gill, 11 Mike Doneghan, 10 Garry Law (Capt.), 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 1 Shane Cahill, 2 Dan Baines, 3 Ross Davies, 4 Toby Freeman, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Joe Ellyatt, 8 Carl Kirwan.

Replacements: 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Marshall Gadd, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Nile Dacres, 20 Ed Taylor, 21 Ed Styles, 22 Jimmy Williams.

Match Report

Outscored by 8 tries to 2, Rotherham never really gained a foothold in the game, despite taking the lead after one minute through a Garry Law drop goal. However, Pirates dominated affairs throughout the first period scoring three tries through McGlone, Elloway and Burgess, with Penberthy contributing 2 conversions and a penalty, although the Pirates 2nd try was scored whilst Toby Freeman was in the bin for foul play.

Garry Law added another first half drop goal and a penalty, but his long range penalty effort on the stroke of half time narrowly missed, leaving the Titans trailing at the break 22-9.

Within 10 minutes of the restart Pirates had wrapped up the game and the bonus point when Burgess secured his 2nd try of the match following a catch and drive close to the Titans line.

At this point Rotherham finally secured some territory and possession and looked threatening. Two Ted Stagg tries in the space of a dozen minutes sandwiched a Gary Johnson touch down and with Law converting Stagg’s first effort, Titans trailed 21-36 with fifteen minutes remaining.

Ten minutes from time Rotherham aimlessly kicked away possession and were duly punished when Junior Fatialofa ran in for Pirates 6th try of the game. Dan Sanderson was unlucky five minutes before the end when he was bundled into touch as he was about to score for the visitors.

Two Pirates tries in injury time through Mercer and Burgess flattered the score line slightly (53-21), but nonetheless it rounded off a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the visitors, who were left to rue their performance on the 7 hour journey back to Clifton Lane.

Attendance: 1,763
Referee: John Meredith
Yellow Card: Freeman (23).
Titans: Stagg (2T), Law (2D/G, P, C).
Pirates: Burgess (3T), McGlone (T), Elloway (T), Johnson (T), Fatialofa (T), Mercer (T), Penberthy (P, 4C), Hallett (1C).

Titans: 15 Fergus Mulchrone, 14 Peter Homan, 13 Lee Blackett, 12 Joel Gill, 11 Mike Doneghan, 10 Garry Law (Capt.), 9 Charlie Mulchrone (Jimmy Williams 54), 1 Shane Cahill (Marshall Gadd 48), 2 Dan Baines (Ted Stagg 28), 3 Ross Davies (Gareth Denman 48), 4 Toby Freeman, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Joe Ellyatt (Ed Taylor 61), 8 Carl Kirwan (Nile Dacres 63).

Replacements: 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Marshall Gadd, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Nile Dacres, 20 Ed Taylor, 21 Ed Styles, 22 Jimmy Williams.

Pirates: 15 Wes Davies (Tom Kessell 71), 14 Grant Pointer, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Junior Fatialofa (Alex Cheesman 69), 11 Ben Mercer, 10 Aaron Penberthy (Kieran Hallett 71), 9 Gavin Cattle (Capt.), 1 Ryan Storer (Alan Paver 65), 2 Rob Elloway (Daren Semmens 69), 3 Ben Prescott (Peter Joyce 53), 4 David Lyons (Darren Barry 53), 5 Gary Johnson, 6 Ben Maidment, 7 Phil Burgess, 8 Laurie McGlone.

Replacements: 16 Alan Paver, 17 Daren Semmens, 18 Peter Joyce, 19 Darren Barry, 20 Tom Kessell, 21 Kieran Hallett, 22 Alex Cheesman.