Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett insists his side’s poor form against their promotion rivals will count for nothing once the play-offs start, writes Nick Westby.
Saturday’s defeat to Leeds gave the club’s Championship season the perfect symmetry: they have won every game against the teams below them and lost every match against the teams above them.
Fortunately, the latter number is only six, and it why Rotherham will finish fourth and contest the end-of-season play-offs.
They may still finish third, but the likelihood is they are on a collision course with Bristol in the semi-final.
Blackett, who has transformed unfancied Rotherham into promotion candidates, said of the fact they have not beaten Leeds, Bristol or London Welsh: “It’s not a concern for us. Maybe no-one will rate us going into the play-offs.
“All season long we’ve batted above our average, we’ve done ridiculously well to get where we have.
“We go in with confidence and with nothing to lose. We’re not like the other three who have invested heavily and for whom promotion has been their one goal.
“We want to be in the final, but it feels a long way away at this moment in time and it’s going to take a lot of hard work between now and then.”