Rotherham wary of Pirates’ firepower

Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett
Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett
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Mindful Rotherham Titans coach Lee Blackett will not let his title-chasing side get ahead of themselves.

They sit in third spot ahead of tomorrow’s long trip to Penzance to face Cornish Pirates and are already almost secure of a play-off place.

But Blackett insisted: “We need three more points to guarantee a top-four spot.

“People are already talking about the play-offs but not us. We find it a bit frustrating because we are not there yet.

“We want to try and get there and if we do, then we’ll talk about it.”

He makes five changes to the side which was eliminated from the British & Irish Cup at Bristol last week.

Jordan Davies makes his first Championship start at outside centre, Michael Keating is back on the wing and at scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone returns to captain the side.

Up front, hooker Tom Holmes is back at hooker and Jack Preece secures the No 7 jersey.

“We know just how tough a challenge it is when you go down to Cornish Pirates as we’ve taken some heavy beatings down there in the not too distant past,” added Blackett.

“Quite a few of our boys went down last season and we had 50 points put on us.

“Personally, I’ve never been and even got a losing bonus point, never mind a win. So we all know how tough it is to go to Penzance but we need to go down there and make sure we have the right mentality for the job.”

Doncaster Knights need to beat third-placed Coventry today to remain in pole position going into the final weekend of the National One promotion race. Doncaster lead Rosslyn Park by four points, with the Londoners visiting relegated Hull Ionians today.