Titans relationship with Sheffield Tigers blossoms
The growing relationship between Rotherham Titans and National League 2 North side Sheffield Tigers continues to blossom, as both parties mutually benefit from the arrangement.
To illustrate, last weekend Sheffield Tigers secured a handsome 36-13 victory over Westoe, with three current Titans in their ranks. Laurence Pearce, Mike Doneghan and Ed Styles all played their part with Pearce and Doneghan vying for the man-of-the-match accolade, following their try-scoring performances.
Titans Head Coach Alex Codling recognises the importance of the relationship and is keen to see it flourish, as he explained, “We have a great relationship with Sheffield Tigers and as I’ve said to the boys it’s not a punishment when they go and play there it’s an opportunity and I think my selections over the next couple of weeks will verify that. They will all have an opportunity to get back in the frame for the first team.
“The key for me is, if the boys aren’t in the 22 or if they are returning from injury, it’s very important that they get game time. As I explained when I first came on board; if you’re not playing and you’re not in the Titans team, then the only way back in is playing and playing well. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship we have with Sheffield Tigers and one that I will utilise moving forward.
“All three of our boys played really well for Tigers last week and Laurence and Mike both came away with tries. It’s an important relationship and it’s key the boys understand that. Like all the other Championship clubs we don’t have a reserve team, so they just have to go there and play, otherwise they won’t be able to put themselves back in the window.
“Facility wise Sheffield Tigers are an outstanding club in terms of pitches and scrum machines and they have very kindly said we can use their facilities to assist in our preparation work and we have regular training sessions up there, particularly with our forwards.
“Obviously here at Clifton Lane our pitch takes a bit of a hammering, so the opportunity to go over there helps our pitch to recover and takes some of the stress and pressure off it. It also offers a change of environment for the players and sometimes that can help the players and also keep things fresh to a degree.”