Rotherham Phoenix (32) vs Leeds Med & Dent (9) - Yorkshire 3
Bunny back at the Lane
Rotherham Phoenix kick off their Yorkshire 3 league campaign tomorrow with former fans favourite Simon Bunting debuting for the Phoenix.
Newly promoted Leeds Medics and Dentists are the opposition, for the fixture that takes place on Herringthorpe, kick-off 3pm.
With no Titans game tomorrow, the Phoenix encounter is an ideal opportunity for Rotherham supporters to get their rugby fix. The support given to Phoenix is always appreciated by the players and therefore if you are able, please come along and get behind the boys as they strive to bring glory to Rotherham Rugby Club.
During the summer ambitious Phoenix added a number of new recruits to their squad, as they attempt to secure a top two finish, which would see them rise into Yorkshire 2. In addition to Simon Bunting, full back Anthony Barrett has joined from Wath and former clubman Mick Ward returns from Sheffield Tigers.
Looking ahead to the new season Phoenix Head Coach Dave Trueman remarked, “Pre-season has gone very well for us and we have won both of our warm-up games. Our ambition is to achieve promotion this year and we felt in order to give ourselves a chance of that, we needed to bring in one or two new faces.
“Last year up to Christmas we were in a great league position, but the lack of depth within the squad proved costly and that’s why we’ve added to the squad this time around.
“Tomorrow’s opponents Leeds Medics and Dentists are a bit of an unknown quantity for us, as they are new to the division. Therefore we need to make sure we have prepared well and we are on the ball right from the off.”
Phoenix Squad for tomorrow’s match.
Phoenix make a bright start
Rotherham Phoenix got their Yorkshire 3 league campaign off to a flying start, dispatching new boys Leeds Medics 32-9 on Herringthorpe. Phoenix dominated territory and possession throughout culminating in a resounding victory.
Phoenix ran in five tries to none against a talented Leeds outfit, who were full of confidence coming into the fixture, after gaining promotion last term. However, the Rotherham pack was outstanding throughout and set the platform for much of the good work, particularly so in the second half.
Trailing 8-9 at the break, Rotherham stepped up their intensity in the second half and on the back of some powerful forward play and nippy work from the backs; they eventually ran out comfortable, worthy winners. Two tries apiece from Palethorpe and White, one from Barrett and Jenkinson with two conversions and a penalty did the damage for Phoenix.
Collecting the try-bonus point sees Rotherham joint top of Yorkshire 3 after the first round of matches. Next week as they attempt to consolidate their fine start, they travel to Aireborough, who lost at the weekend to Thornensians.
Rotherham Phoenix: 1 Robinson, 2 Pitcher, 3 Bunting, 4 Palethorpe, 5 Ward, 6 Coy, 7 Dynan, 8 White (Capt.), 9 Bird, 10 Jenkinson, 11 Bunclarke, 12 Allott, 13 Jarvis, 14 Saddington, 15 Barrett.
Replacements: Banks, Mallender, Crookes, Parker.
Scorers: Palethorpe (2T), White (2T), Barrett (1T), Jenkinson (2C, 1P).
Man of the Match: Olly Dynan