DFP Header

Share this London Scottish page

Pro Team - Match Pages - Match Info

Rotherham Titans Match Preview

Rotherham Titans Match Preview

On Saturday London Scottish complete their regular season fixtures with a tough away match at Clifton Lane, the home of Rotherham Titans. Scottish go into this match on the back of a good performance against our fellow Exiles London Welsh, and will be looking to finish off the regular season with win against the Titans and so complete the double over them.

On Saturday London Scottish complete their regular season fixtures with a tough away match at Clifton Lane, the home of Rotherham Titans. Scottish go into this match on the back of a good performance against our fellow Exiles London Welsh, and will be looking to finish off the regular season with win against the Titans and so complete the double over them.

So the final fixture of the regular season is upon us on Saturday. Where did the rest of the season go? It only seems like yesterday when we took on our opponents Rotherham in the opening fixture of the season last September. Since then there has been a lot of water flowing under the bridge and the victory that Scottish achieved on that sunny day when they ran out winners 16 -11 seems a long way off. The Scottish starting XV that started this match has certainly changed across the season and with a considerable number of new faces at the club since then, it will be interesting to see how many of the starting squad XV in the home fixture will face Rotherham in the return fixture.

MPU

For Rotherham the season could be summed up as considerable progress made. Considering that they started this campaign with virtually a new squad in place the Rotherham team has won over half of their league fixtures to date, and the value of having a full time squad in place can be vindicated. Key personnel for the Titans this season include the leading point’s scorer in the Championship in fly half Gary Law. Hawick born and former Scotland A player, Law has been a revelation this season and has amassed a total of 252 points to date, which has included 57 penalties and 35 conversions. A truly remarkable record and in fact Law has scored nearly 54% of the total number points scored by the whole of the Yorkshire outfit. Clearly a player that Scottish need to pay close attention too and Law was certainly the centre of attention last weekend, when he scored the winning points in their 14 -15 victory over local rivals Doncaster Knights with the last kick of the match.

Over the last ten fixtures Rotherham have hit an inconsistent seam of form, in that they have won one match and backed this up the following week with a loss. For example they won last week against Doncaster, yet the previous weekend they were roundly beaten 37 -3 by a strong Bristol side. The weekend before the Bristol match saw them win 40 – 31 against Moseley, but the weekend prior to this they lost 20 – 21 at home to London Welsh. For Scottish the closing fixtures have been frustrating to say the least, the team has seen a number of long term injures returning to the match squad and the signs from last weekend indicate that the team is now looking to be more settled. Three tries were scored against London Welsh, which is the first time since the Melrose match that the team have score three tries in a match. This a clear sign that the team is now creating try scoring opportunities and finishing them off.

For those Scottish supporters making the trip up to Yorkshire and are driving, should enter the post code S60 2SN into their Sat Navs and will take you direct to the ground. For the non-techies they should take the M1 until they reach junction 33, exiting onto the Rotherway, at the roundabout turn right onto the A631 marked Bawtry. Go straight ahead at the Whiston traffic lights onto the dual carriageway. At the next roundabout, turn left onto the B6410 (Broom Lane) and then turn left onto the A6021 (Broom Road). After approximately ½ a mile, turn right at the roundabout into Badsley Moor Lane. The Titans ground is the second entrance on the right. For those travelling by train should catch one from Kings Cross to Doncaster changing for Rotherham. The train journey should take approximately 2 ½ hours.

It is anticipated that there will be a good turnout of Scottish supporters for the final regular league match of the season and see you all there. C’mon Scottish.
 

Rotherham Titans 0 – 15 London Scottish

Rotherham Titans 0 – 15 London Scottish

London Scottish rounded off their regular season fixtures with a tremendous away win at Rotherham Titans. In a match where they completely dominated their opponents from start to finish, they ran in three tries. This victory was a great boost ahead of the play off fixtures and placed Scottish 9th in the final league standings.

London Scottish rounded off their regular season fixtures with a tremendous away win at Rotherham Titans. In a match where they completely dominated their opponents from start to finish, they ran in three tries. This victory was a great boost ahead of the play off fixtures and placed Scottish 9th in the final league standings.

On an overcast day and with a swirling cross wind blowing across the pitch throughout the match, London Scottish kicked off playing towards the club house end of the ground.  During the opening phases of play the home side conceded a penalty for diving over the top at a ruck, however the referee reversed the penalty decision for foul play by a Scottish player.  The penalty allowed the Titans to relieve the opening pressure being exerted by Scottish, but it was a sign of much of a consistent theme though out this game.

MPU

In the opening 10 minutes of the match Scottish were completely dominating their opponents and play was contained wholly within the Titans half of the pitch.  Any threat posed by home side was quickly snuffed out by good defence.  Scottish opened the scoring on the 10th minute.  Ryan Westren made an excellent break from midfield and cut through the Rotherham backline and as he closed in on the home sides try line he was tackled by the Titans full back Stephen Hamilton, but managed to off load superbly to Scottish full back Stuart Peel who was on his shoulder and touched down 15 metres in from the touch line.  In very difficult kicking conditions fly half James Brown missed with his conversion attempt.

From the restart the Rotherham kicker failed to gain the required 10 metres and Scottish again took play into the Titans half.  On the 13th minute the Rotherham side were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck as the home side tried to slow play down.  Brown again missed his conversion attempt as he pulled his kick to the right of the posts in the wind.  It took the Titans until the 27th minute of the game until they managed to gain any sort of terrority in the Scottish half which was due to the pressure being put on the home side and resolute defence when the Rotherham side had any possession.  Shortly after, the ball was moved out to the Scottish winger Agustin Gosio on the wing and as his opposite winger Peter Homan closed in on him, Gosio cleverly chipped over the head of Homan and in the race for the ball, although collecting his own kick he was bundled into touch 2 metres short of the try line. 

The dominance being exerted by Scottish in this match can be highlighted by the fact that it took the Titans until the 33rd minute before they took play into the Scottish 22 metre, area after a kick through by their scrum half Dale Farnham.  The Scottish defence held firm during this phase of the match and although they lost a number of line out throw ins during the whole match they were still able to turn over possession in lose play consistently and the Scottish back row were superb.  Scottish conceded their first penalty in their 22 metre area on the 39th minute, immediately in front of their posts, however Rotherham opted to kick for a 5 metre line out.  The home side were penalised at the line out for closing the gap and Scottish were able to clear their lines.

Scottish scored their second try close to the final whistle of the first half when the Scottish backs were very prominent in the build up to the try.  Centre Charlie Hayter passed the ball to Westren who again made a very good break through the Rotherham back line and as Westren raced towards the try line he was tackled by the covering defence, but he managed to get the ball to the supporting player, number 8 Mark Bright. As Bright closed in towards the try line, he too was also tackled but off loaded superbly to Gosio for him to touch down.  Brown missed the conversion attempt in the swirling wind, with the referee blowing for half time, with Scottish leading 0 – 10.

The home side replaced their outside centre Brian Godfrey at the half time break with former Glasgow Warriors centre Dave McCall.  He made his presence felt immediately at the start of the second period, when he made a superb break making 50 metres and was only prevented from scoring by good Scottish covering defence, being bundled into touch as he was about to score in the corner.  From the line out Scottish retained possession and at a subsequent scrum Rotherham were penalised allowing Scottish to take play up to the half way line.

Scottish stepped up their play in the opening 20 minutes of the second half and as they drove forward close to the Rotherham 22 metre, Brown attempted a drop goal on the 63rd minute, however the ball drifted wide of the left post as the wind pushed the ball away.  Shortly after, Scottish scored their third try.  Scottish replacement scrum half and Scottish U20 player Jamie Stevenson made a break down the blind side and took play deep into the Titans 22 metre area.  In the tackle Stevenson off loaded to Bright who then passed to Westren, who then burst through to score out wide.  Brown missed the conversion attempt.  For the remainder of the half Scottish completely dominated their opponents as they went in search of their bonus point try, however the Rotherham side ,through good defence, held firm leaving a final score of 0 – 15.

A truly tremendous performance by Scottish in their final regular league match and this result completes the double over the Yorkshire outfit this season.  With both Moseley and Plymouth Albion losing their final match, Scottish moved up two places in the league table to finish in 9th position in the final league standings for the regular season.  The attitude shown by the match squad was superb throughout and they did not allow their opponents a sniff of their try line, other than the very good attempt by McCall.  It was good to see the backs scoring all three tries, however the forwards also contributed heavily in setting up the platform for this win, by dominating the home side in the set piece and lose play.

The side now takes a well earned break next weekend ahead of the start of the play off fixtures, which are scheduled to commence on the weekend of the 9th/10th of March.  Look out for confirmation of the fixture schedule for the play offs, which will appear on the website later in the week.

Mal Steel awarded the Jock Meikle sponsored away supporters Man of the Match to Ryan Westren.

Pro Team - Match Pages - Match Info

Pro Team - Match Pages - Current Standing

Pro Team - Match Pages - Head to Head

Pro Team - Match Pages - Last Time

Pro Team - Match Pages - Form Guide

Line-ups

Pro Team - Match Pages - Lineups

Pro Team - Match Pages - Score Summary

Pro Team - Match Pages - Lineups

Main Sponsor
Official Club Sponsors
Official Partners
Tournament Provider