Rotherham Titans (0) vs Cornish Pirates (0) - Championship
Due to injuries within the Titans squad at the hooker position, Alistair Thomson has been drafted in from local rivals Doncaster Knights and gets a spot on the bench.
In the backline Lee Blackett and Joel Gill form a new centre partnership, meaning Pale Nonu and Eamonn Sheridan form part of a formidable bench. In the pack, Joe Ellyatt and Toby Freeman return to the side in the back row as Latu Makaafi and Carl Kirwan suffer with minor injuries.
Titans Head Coach, Alex Codling, speaking ahead of the match commented, “First of all I would like to thank Clive Griffiths over at Doncaster for helping us out with Alistair Thomson. Clive’s been fantastic and incredibly co-operative, he’s let us have Alistair on loan and we are very grateful to him for that.
“We know there’s no easy game in the Championship and particularly no game against Cornish Pirates ever is. We haven’t beaten the Pirates in our last 7 attempts, so we know we are in for a tough afternoon’s work. Down there earlier in the season they gave us a bit of a beating and we know we’re going to have to be on the money if we are going to get a result on Saturday.
“However, we’ve started to play some open, attractive rugby in the last few weeks and weather depending on Saturday that will be our aim again. If the weather’s not ideal then we’ll need to ensure that we don’t do anything silly in our own half. In tough conditions it’s about field position, you can still play the type of rugby you want to, you just need to make sure it’s in the right areas of the field and I believe if we get that right we have a great opportunity to turn the Pirates over.”
Titans: 15 Garry Law (Capt.), 14 Mike Doneghan, 13 Joel Gill, 12 Lee Blackett, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Gareth Denman, 4 Ben Thomas, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Joe Ellyatt, 8 Toby Freeman.
Replacements: 16 Alistair Thomson, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ross Davies, 19 Pale Nonu, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 Eamonn Sheridan, 22 Jimmy Williams.