Key confident of getting Rotherham off mark

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WINLESS Rotherham Titans head coach Andy Key says he remains confident a first success is just around the corner.

The South Yorkshire club head to Bedford Blues today still seeking a maiden victory after losing their opening five Championship games.

Defeat at home to fellow strugglers Richmond last week was particularly hard to stomach.

“We’ve scored 12 tries in the last three games, so we know we’re capable of scoring,” said Key.

“But we have to make sure we stop the opposition from doing the same.

“We’ll go to Bedford on Saturday having had a good week’s preparation.

“The concentration and commitment to the task in hand has been absolutely superb and I can’t fault the guys at all.

“I’m confident that we’re moving in the right direction.”

Key has rejigged his backline introducing a new half-back partnership.

Francisco Vieira make his first start at scrum-half for Rhodri Davies who injured his shoulder against Richmond and Caolan Ryan makes his first start of the season at fly-half for Lee Millar who drops to the Rotherham bench.

Centre Luke Peters also returns for Drew Cheshire.

Elsewhere, captain Michael Hills returns for Doncaster Knights after missing last week’s win versus London Scottish.

They head to Hartpury College for a first-ever game against the newly-promoted side.

Jason Hill moves to the bench with No 8 Aaron Carpenter still sidelined after a head injury while scrum-half Tom James is handed his first Championship start.

Yorkshire Carnegie, looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games, are away at Richmond.

Ex-Harrogate fly-half Callum Irvine starts with Will Homer missing out with concussion after suffering a head injury in the win against Cornish Pirates.

Matt Smith and Richard Beck return from their own injuries to bolster the bench and Tom Casson is set for his first game this season.

However, Mike Cusack (neck), Charles Capps (toe), Ben West (foot) and Richard Mayhew (foot) all still remain sidelined for Jimmy Lowes’s side who are up to fourth.