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Titans 27-8 Otley

By Tony
September 17 2006

Rotherham Earth Titans made it three wins out of three as they put Otley to the sword by 27-8. Rotherham had more of the territory and possession and secured the bonus point, but probably should have scored more tries. However, it’s difficult to be negative with five points in the bag.


National Division 1

16th September 2006

Earth Arena


Titans 27

Otley 8


Earth Titans:

15 Brendan Burke, 14 Andrew Turnbull, 13 Brian Touhy (Tom Allen 75), 12 Bernard Hennessey (Mike Whitehead 53), 11 Showan Smith, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Joe Bedford (Capt) (Jamie Blackwood 75), 1 Jarleth Carey (Sam Walsh 70), 2 Nigel Conroy (Neil Hanna 69), 3 Adam Hopcroft, 4 Jannie Bornman, 5 Louis McGowan (Henry Head 67), 6 Hendre Fourie (Erik Lund 77), 7 Mike McComish, 8 Barry Jacobsz.

Replacements: 16 Erik Lund, 17 Henry Head, 18 Sam Walsh, 19 Neil Hanna, 20 Tom Allen, 21 Mike Whitehead, 22 Jamie Blackwood.


15 O Edwards, 14 B S Parsons, 13 P Mooney, 12 R Whatmuff, 11 X Andre, 10 A Monks, 9 N Chivers, 1 A Livesey, 2 D Sayers, 3 B Fear, 4 B Back, 5 P Williams, 6 J Tiffany, 7 N Bland, M Stockdale.

Replacements: 16 P Turner, 17 B Steele, 18 D Whitehead, 19 L O'Neill, 20 K Dench, 21 D Smith, 22 I Shuttleworth (Capt).


Post match Rotherham Head Coach Andre Bester said, “The day that we click and the passes go to hand I wouldn’t want to be the team that stands in our way, but you can’t be negative about getting five points. But there are obviously a lot of things that we have to work on and a lot of things happened too easily out there today.

“Everybody wanted to score a try and everybody wanted to be a hero and sometimes that happens. But it’s whether you can then garnish your thoughts and mental attitude to be actually patient.

“Listen, if I’d spent what the other big teams have spent; I go and buy mental toughness. Each of my players are potentially great players, each and every one of them. But there are coming here because they feel that certain things are not spot on in their game and 80% of what you achieve in your life is mental.

In terms of our domination, yes I’m happy, but mentally there’s a lot we have to work on. It’s not about being frail; it’s about being patient, getting into areas, being ruthless, and not letting people off the hook. We let them off the hook today, just like we let Coventry off the hook last week.”

In a scrappy and frenetic opening quarter it was Otley who got the scoreboard ticking first, full back Owen Edwards slotted a 50 metre penalty after Roth had been penalized for being off side.

This seemed to slap Roth out of the daze they appeared to be in. Within five minutes Joe Bedford ran the ball out of his own 22 and found Showan Smith. Smith made good ground before off-loading to Barry Jacobsz who in turn made some hard yards before releasing new boy Andrew Turnbull who sped off down the right wing to score on his debut. Gareth Steenson made the conversion.

As the half wore on Roth began to dominate proceedings and Otley conceded a penalty on 32 minutes for disrupting the hosts scrum. Steenson made no mistake with the kick to extend Roth’s lead to 10-3.

Four minutes before the interval and Turnbull collected his second try of the afternoon. Jacobsz made the initial break just inside the visitors half before finding support from Bernard Hennessey. Hennessey made good ground before throwing a long pass out to Turnbull on the left wing. Turnbull showed excellent pace to race on and just touch down next to the corner flag for an unconverted try.

Half Time: Rotherham 15-3 Otley

Roth made a bright start to the second half and won a scrum just 5 metres from the Otley line. Jacobsz picked up from the base and tried to find Joe Bedford; however the visitors full back intercepted and raced the length of the field to score near the corner for an unconverted try.

Roth continued to press, but a series of errors and poor individual decision making cost Roth further scores. Finally on 55 minutes a move involving Bedford, Whitehead, Smith and Burke, culminated with Hendre Fourie crashing over on the left touchline for a deserved try. Steenson made a good conversion from the touchline which went over courtesy of the right post.

Ten minutes from time and Roth secured the match and bonus point. Showan Smith charged down a chip over the top on halfway and proceeded to gallop off to score near the left hand corner for an unconverted try.

Roth went looking for further scores, but a combination of a resolute Otley defence and silly errors meant that was not to be.

Final Score: Rotherham 27-8 Otley

Post match loose head prop Jarleth Carey said, “It feels pretty good being top of the league, but obviously it’s early doors and we’ve only played three games, so we’re not going to be popping any champagne corks just yet.

“There’s still an awful lot of work that needs to be done, we’re still some way short of where we want to be. Joe Bedford’s just said in the huddle that we maybe at times put too much pressure on ourselves and I think that’s true.

“Otley had a few guys missing today and maybe we thought we should be putting 40 or 50 points on them. Some of our play today was very disjointed, at times very scrappy, and very loose. At times we needed to just calm down and put it through the phases and suck them in. But we kept on trying to throw it wide, throw it wide, throw it wide and tried to do things first time. I thought we lacked patience today.

“It will come good though, the guys we have in this team are very talented and when we do click, we are going to rack up a lot of points.”

Man of the Match: Joe Bedford
Referee: Dean Richards
Scorers Roth: Turnbull (2T), Fourie (T), Smith (T), Steenson (2C1P).
Scorers Otley: Edwards (T,P).

Attendance: 1183

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Bedford 41-7 Sedgley Park

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Sun 17 September 06

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Nottingham v Waterloo



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