ROTHERHAM TITANS put on a riveting performance in their opening game in the B&I Cup, running in eight tries in a comprehensive win at Ealing Trailfinders.
Winger Curtis Wilson produced a hat-trick of tries, while fellow backs Jack Hayes, Ben Rath and Will Goodwin all got on the scoresheet with forwards Michael Cromie and Tom Calladine adding further scores.
The first try came after 10 minutes when loose head Cromie was on hand to crash over from close range following a line out inside the Ealing 22.
A dominant Titans had to wait another 10 minutes before adding a second try, fly-half Goodwin collecting the ball around 40 metres out before weaving in and around several opponents to score near the posts.
By the half-hour mark a third try arrived when Calladine forced his way over.
The bonus point try was secured when Wilson was set free to score in the corner for the first of his tries, his second coming just before the break following good work from Goodwin and captain Sean Scanlon.
The second period started as the first had finished with Wilson showing enough pace, strength and skill to score his third try inside 10 minutes.
Trailing 38-0, Ealing salvaged some pride when Alex Bradley and Callum Wilson each crossed the line as the hosts enjoyed their best period of the game.
But, 15 minutes from time, normal service was resumed when centre Hayes picked up and dived over for the visitors’ seventh try.
An eighth followed just before time good work by James McKinney and Joe Barker allowed Rath to complete the win.
“We have been threatening to do that to a couple of sides throughout the season in some bad conditions,” said Titans head coach Mark Jones.
“Today, the conditions – apart from the wind – were perfect and we just clicked.
“Our backs and forwards worked together very well and that allowed us to get our building blocks in place.”