League Table

P W D L Pts
8 London Scottish 22 10 0 12 49
9 Cornish Pirates 22 8 1 13 48
10 Rotherham Titans 22 8 0 14 38
11 Ealing Trailfinders 22 6 1 15 37
12 Moseley 22 4 0 18 26


Rotherham Titans (26) vs Moseley (22) - Championship

Saturday April 13th - KO 3.00pm

Pre-Match Report

In the Titans back line Lee Blackett returns to skipper the side at inside centre, whilst Charlie Mulchrone comes back in at scrum half. In the pack Marshall Gadd gets the nod for a start at loose head prop and Latu Makaafi who has overcome an eye injury will start at blind side flanker.

The overall head to head between the sides sees Rotherham hold a healthy 19-8 advantage. The reverse fixture earlier in the season at Billesley Common was Alex Codling’s first game in charge at Rotherham. That day Titans managed to edge a tight encounter 16-20 and another tight, competitive clash is expected at Clifton Lane tomorrow.

Ahead of the match Alex Codling said, “We know Clifton Lane is a tough place for visiting sides to come and we need to make sure we hammer home that advantage. We need to show more desperation for the win than they do and that will help hugely in us getting over the line. We want to finish the season off on a positive note for the supporters.”

Titans: 15 Ed Styles, 14 Mike Doneghan, 13 Eamonn Sheridan, 12 Lee Blackett (Capt.), 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Gareth Denman, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Joe Ellyatt, 8 Laurence Pearce.

Replacements: 16 Harry Hannan, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ross Davies, 19, Ben Thomas, 20 Alex Rieder, 21 Pale Nonu, 22 Jimmy Williams.

Match Report

Pre-match, Mathematically Moseley could still have been relegated! As a result the Midlanders came firing out of the blocks and raced into a 10-0 lead after eight minutes, following a try, a conversion and a penalty from fly half Glyn Hughes.

Rotherham began to settle and steadied the ship on 11 minutes when James McKinney knocked over a penalty, after Moseley went off their feet at a ruck, around 35 metres from goal.

The game was tied on 22 minutes following some excellent work by the Titans pack, which took play inside the Moseley 22. From the breakdown the ball arrived with Eamonn Sheridan, who from 5 metres out showed tremendous power to crash over with two defenders hanging from him. McKinney made the conversion.

The end of season encounter was proving to be extremely competitive, with both sides giving no quarter. Four minutes before the break, Rotherham nudged themselves ahead with McKinney adding his second penalty.

Early into the second period McKinney extended the hosts advantage with an accomplished penalty kick from near the touchline. However, on 46 minutes Moseley responded when back row replacement Ben Pienaar dived over a cluster of players to score in the corner. Hughes made a terrific conversion from the touchline to edge the visitors back ahead 16-17.

Disaster struck for the home side on 51 minutes when a scuffle broke out between Titans Latu Makaafi and Moseley’s Greg King. The latter receive a yellow card, but Makaafi was shown a straight red, leaving Rotherham to play the last 29 minutes a man short.

Just before the hour mark Rotherham regained the lead when McKinney successfully knocked over a long-range penalty effort, after Moseley had infringed yet again at the breakdown.

Being a man short appeared to galvanise the home side and a period of sustained pressure ensued inside the Moseley 22. A series of scrums resulted close to the visitor’s line in which Moseley persisted in collapsing. Referee John Meredith finally lost his patience with Moseley and awarded a penalty try to the Titans. McKinney converted to extend the hosts lead to 26-17.

To their credit Moseley bounced back and scored a fine try through Oliver Robinson four minutes from time, setting up a nervy end to the contest. Deep into stoppage time with Moseley pressing inside Titans 22, the home side managed to turn the ball over and effectively seal the game. Titans held on thereafter to secure their second Championship victory inside 72 hours.

Post game, a delighted Alex Codling said, “I’m incredibly proud of the boys, it was always going to be a tough ask playing two games inside 72 hours and then to go down to 14 players with nearly 30 minutes left on the clock. In those situations you effectively go one of two ways; you break up or you stick together. It is very humbling to watch and I can’t tell how proud I am!

“You have to realise the dynamics of the group, we have nothing to play for in terms of going up or down and to do what they did…I’m speechless and that doesn’t happen very often, but I am immensely proud. I’d also like to make a special mention of Keir Wenham-Flatt, our Strength and Conditioner. He’s made a huge impact on the squad since his arrival and the boys are so much fitter now than when Keir arrived.

“With the exception of the first 40 minutes at Leeds I cannot fault these boys, they have been incredible. We’ve been in some real tough situations, but the belief, the desire and the togetherness the boys have shown has been nothing short of outstanding. We want to finish off now with a victory against London Scottish and give the supporters a positive end to the season.”

Attendance: 1037
Referee: John Meredith
Yellow Card: King & Evans (Moseley), Styles (Titans).
Red Card: Makaafi (Titans).
Titans: Sheridan (T), Penalty Try, McKinney (4P, 2C).
Moseley: O. Robinson (T), Pienaar (T), Hughes (T, P, 2C).

Titans: 15 Ed Styles, 14 Mike Doneghan, 13 Eamonn Sheridan, 12 Lee Blackett (Pale Nonu 64), 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 Charlie Mulchrone (Capt.), 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Ted Stagg (Harry Hannan 67), 3 Gareth Denman (Ross Davies 48), 4 Neale Patrick (Ben Thomas 64), 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Joe Ellyatt (Alex Rieder 46), 8 Laurence Pearce.

Replacements: 16 Harry Hannan, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ross Davies, 19, Ben Thomas, 20 Alex Rieder, 21 Pale Nonu, 22 Jimmy Williams.

Moseley: 15 Billy Robinson, 14 Simon Hunt, 13 Greg King, 12 Anthony Carter (Tom Stephenson 69), 11 Bradley Hunt, 10 Glynn Hughes, 9 Alex Day (Ryan Glynn 64), 1 Danny Herriott (Craig Voisey 12), 2 Sam Wilkes, 3 Ben Evans (Adam Parkins 59), 4 Buster Lawrence, 5 Mike Powell (Addison Lockley 64), 6 Neil Mason (Ben Pienaar 34), 7 Oliver Robinson, 8 Sam Dickinson.

Replacements: 16 Craig Voisey, 17 Ben Pienaar, 18 Adam Parkins, 19 Addison Lockley, 20 Tom Stephenson, 21 Ryan Glynn, 22 Oliver Thomas.