Ealing v Rotherham Titans: Gill returns as Jones seeks Titans response

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COACH Mark Jones has warned his Rotherham Titans players they cannot take anything for granted in today’s British and Irish Cup tie at Ealing Trailfinders.

The Londoners are 11th in the Championship, six places below Rotherham, but lost only 24-23 when the sides met in their opening Championship fixture.

Ealing led 31-5 at half-time against Moseley last week before subsiding to a 37-31 defeat and Jones said: “They are a good 
side, with a lot of depth to their squad.

“They got a flying start at Moseley, but just couldn’t keep them out in the second half. Hopefully the pitch will be good, with it being an artificial surface and we are looking to play some good rugby.”

Titans pushed Leinster ‘A’, the competition’s winners in 2013 and 2014, all the way seven days ago, but were pipped 12-9.

The Championship is their priority, but Jones – who has called up centre Joel Gill after a nine-month injury layoff – insisted: “We are taking it seriously.

“We picked a strong team to play Leinster last week and we were unlucky not to win. We are taking a very strong group this week, although a couple of fringe players will get an opportunity.”

He added: “We want to pick up as many wins as we can in this competition.

“We’ve got two very difficult games coming up in the Championship, against Jersey at home and London Scottish away.

“They have both picked up some tidy results and been very, very competitive and this [today’s game] is an opportunity to build on some recent performances and go into those two games 
with as much confidence as possible.”