Rotherham Titans 35 Bedford Blues 6: Classy Titans inspired by loan star Hodgson

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A top-class second-half performance by Rotherham, during which their speed and quick handling ruined Bedford, took the Titans up to second place in the league.

Watched by a crowd of more than 2,000 at Clifton Lane, Rotherham scored four tries after the break as they controlled both possession and territory enabling them to gain the important bonus point which followed the award of a penalty try in the fifth minute of added time.

Bedford restricted the Titans to a half-time lead of only 9-6 and it appeared that the closeness of the contest would continue.

However, instantly after the re-start, Rotherham began to play with pace and fluency and it produced the desired effect.

A superb break by fly-half Joel Hodgson – on loan from Newcastle – created space for winger Curtis Wilson to score under the posts, and with centre Juan Pablo Socino – who struck 15 points – converting, Rotherham seized a 16-6 lead. That grew to 21-6 as Hodgson scored himself after Dan White created an opening.

Hodgson was also involved in Rotherham’s third try as another dangerous move was completed by Michael Keating.

The award of a penalty in injury time provided a chance for the Titans to claim the bonus point.

From a scrum, the pack forced an infringement and the award of a penalty try.

Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Roberts (Gill 64), Socino, Wilson, Hodgson, Mulchrone (White 40), Hislop (Williams 56), Cruse (Sowery 57), Quigley (Tampin 59), Maddison, Sanderson, Birch (Pearce 40), Preece, Rieder.

Bedford Blues: Pritchard, Short, Burke (Le Bourgeois 40), Dodge, Edwards, Sharp, Veendaal (Calder 77), Fearn(Steenkamp 48), Clare (Harris 65), Cooper (Gilardon 48), Gulliver, Tupai (Jubb 48), Harding, Armes, Fenton-Wells.

Referee: S Lee.