RUGBY UNION: Rotherham Titans’ head coach Alex Codling insists his side have not given up hope of progressing in the British & Irish Cup, despite knowing they will need a win at holders Munster tonight.
The South Yorkshire club head to Cork knowing full well what their hosts are capable of having lost to them 36-21 at Clifton Lane only on Saturday.
That now makes qualification difficult but Codling – who makes seven changes to his starting line-up – is undaunted especially as his side only trailed 15-14 at the break.
“We’ve lost our control over Pool 7 and as a result we are going to go over there and give it a real go,” he said.
“We’ve selected a strong side and our aim is to be adventurous in our approach.
“We know Munster are a very good side and as holders of the trophy they are keen to retain it.
“However, we believe we are a good team too and I want the boys to go over there and do themselves justice.
“There’s no pressure on us at all, because no one outside of our camp believes we can go there and get the result.
“But it won’t be for a lack of effort if we don’t.”
Centres Eamonn Sheridan and Lee Blackett both return from injury to link up in midfield, while Charlie Mulchrone is preferred at scrum-half, replacing the impressive Jimmy Williams, who has a place on the bench.
Up front, Codling has freshened up his props with Jamie Kilbane and Ross Davies coming back in at loosehead and tighthead respectively, while second-row Dan Sanderson returns as does blindside Alex Rieder after recovering from tonsillitis.
New signing Ben Thomas, the ex-London Scottish second-row, is likely to make his bow when Rotherham return to Championship action.