A POSITIVE result is the be-all and end-all for Lee Blackett as Rotherham Titans host Nottingham today.
The Clifton Lane head coach was impressed with certain aspects of his team’s play over the last two weeks, when they went to former Premiership stalwarts Leeds Carnegie and Bristol and proved they can be a formidable foe in the Greene King IPA Championship promotion picture.
But the fact that they narrowly missed out on losing bonus points in both games – by two points at Headingley and three at the Memorial Ground – meant disappointment was the over-riding emotion.
With that in mind, Blackett wants a victory on their return to the tops of Rotherham this afternoon, by hook or by crook.
“I’ll take a 3-0 now,” said Blackett, who took charge of the Titans in the summer promising a more attacking nature.
“We’ve scored more points than anyone else in the division, so we’ve shown we can play well and score tries.
“But the mindset this week has again been about being stronger defensively. And today is about the result rather than the performance.”
Like Rotherham – who are third after a bright start – today’s visitors Nottingham are seasoned Championship campaigners.
They have been dogged by financial problems for the past few years and after a poor start which saw them lose five straight games after surprising Leeds on the opening day, Nottingham have won two of their last three.
“No-one will ever under-estimate Nottingham,” said Blackett, who welcomes back Dallan Murphy at fly-half as Joel Hodgson returns to Newcastle.
“They’ve brought in a couple of guys from Leicester Tigers this week who were playing against Ospreys in the LV Cup two weeks ago, so we have to be at our best, offensively and defensively to defeat them.”