Rugby union: Six changes as Titans head to Jersey

Lee Blackett
Lee Blackett

Rotherham, fourth in the Championship, have made six changes for tomorrow’s league game in Jersey where a big improvement in needed following the disappointing performance at Clifton Lane against Plymouth who were eventually beaten 30-25.

Among the players who come in to take on Jersey, full of confidence after an excellent win at Nottingham last weekend, are forwards Ben Morris and Lewis Thiede, both making their first starts this season.

Morris takes the place of Perry Parker in the second row and in the front row Thiede is selected ahead of Mark Tampin.

At the back of the Rotherham pack, Irishman Will Ryan is dropped to the bench and his place goes to Ulsterman Ali Birch.

Coach Lee Blackett is once again unable to put on his first-choice centre partnership. Jack Richards still has a strained hamstring and Chris Harris is absent with a dislocated finger.

Joel Gill joins Jordan Davies in the centre of midfield in a three-quarter line which also sees the return of full-back Sean Scanlon, in place of Lloyd Hayes, and winger Jamie Broadley who takes over from the injured Curtis Wilson.

“Jersey have improved massively and they have plenty about them. I know how hard it’s going to be to get win over there,” said Blackett.

“They have several dangerous players, among them full-back Tom Bell and fly-half John Bentley. They are a different team now and will be buzzing after their tremendous win in Nottingham.”

Eighth-placed Jersey scored five tries at Meadow Lane.

Rotherham’s handling and ball retention must be much better than in the first half against Plymouth.

Titans: Scanlon, Keating, Gill, Davies, Broadley, McKinney, White, Hislop, Cruse, Thiede, Morris, Holmes, Birch, Preece, Rieder. Reps: Williams, Tampin, Parker, Ryan, McGaffin, Barrett, Hayes.