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Titans 66-17 Waterloo

Brian Tuohy

By Tony
October 1 2006

Rotherham Earth Titans bounced back in style as they crushed Waterloo 66-17 at the Earth Arena. A thrilling ten try performance ensured the Titans of the bonus point and reduced the gap at the top of the table to just two points.


National Division 1

30th September 2006

Earth Arena


Titans 66

Waterloo 17


Earth Titans

15 Mike Whitehead (Louis McGowan 76), 14 Brian Touhy, 13 Tom Allen, 12 Bernard Hennessey (Jon Buchanan 62), 11 Andrew Turnbull, 10 Gareth Steenson (Brendan Burke 65), 9 Joe Bedford (Jamie Blackwood 62); 1 Sam Walsh (Michael McComish 67), 2 Nigel Conroy (Jonny Larbey 76), 3 Steve Croall, 4 Erik Lund, 5 Henry Head, 6 Hendre Fourie (Capt), 7 Jannie Bornman, 8 Barry Jacobsz.

Replacements: 16 Louis McGowan, 17 Michael McComish, 18 Adam Hopcroft, 19 Jonny Larbey, 20 Brendan Burke, 21 Jon Buchanan, 22 Jamie Blackwood.


15 Stephen Nutt, 14 Daniel Loader, 13 Peter Murchie, 12 Adam Sliczny, 11 Jan Van Deventer, 10 Tony Handley, 9 John Broxson, 1 Martin O'Keefe, 2 Peter Ince, 3 Shaun Ruwers, 4 Jon Nugent, 5 David Blyth, 6 Jonathan Brandling Harris, 7 Dan Smith, R McKay.

Replacements:  16, Graham Barry, 17 Andrew Trotter, 18 Sam Brady, 19 Jake Lyon, 20 Chris Tyms, 21 Steve Taylor, 22 Dominic Moon.


A calm and controlled Andre Bester said afterwards, “We will not get carried away; we got the five points, now we forget about it and prepare for Bees next week. We lacked control and it became too easy at some stages, but I don’t think Waterloo was a good side. We played a weak side today, but all respect to them.”

In a game which Roth totally dominated it took 13 minutes to get the score board ticking. The points came courtesy of a penalty try, this was Roth’s 3rd try of this type this season and it was richly deserved after the visitors persistently infringed at the rucks and mauls.

On 20 minutes Joe Bedford was on hand for the 2nd try after more splendid work from the determined Rotherham pack.

On a rare foray into the Roth 22, Waterloo played some bright rugby through their backs and Tony Handley nipped through some lackluster Titans tackling for a try near the posts. Full back Stephen Nutt converted.

Roth responded almost immediately, Henry Head collected from a line out just inside the visitors half and fed Joe Bedford. Bedford picked out the improving Bernard Hennessey who ran in from 40 metres weaving through four defenders to score under the posts for a fine try.

Just after the half hour mark an attempted kick over the top from Waterloo was charged down by the Roth defence. Brian Tuohy was on hand to gather and charge 80 metres downfield showing good pace to touch down in front of the clubhouse.

Waterloo then mounted a brief rally; first Stephen Nutt converted a fine penalty and then three minutes before the break centre Peter Murchie breezed through easily for a try. Nutt converted.

Deep into first half injury time, a series of Roth pick and drives took them close to the visitor’s line. When the ball came out Joe Bedford found Tuohy who collected well to just touch down in the corner.

Half Time: Rotherham 35-17 Waterloo

Roth continued the second half in the same manner as the first and Brian Tuohy secured his hat trick in the first minute after a good off-load from Joe Bedford. Surprisingly, not until six minutes from the end was there any further score, despite Roth dominating the show. But when the tries came, they came thick and fast.

On 74 minutes Mike Whitehead’s 30 metre arching run notched up try number 7. Number 8 came from Jon Buchanan who showed good pace down the left flank after receiving the ball from an in-form Tom Allen.

The penultimate try came from Jamie Blackwood. Blackwood who came on for the last 20 minutes looked sharp and bright. His try started with an interception right in front of the shed on halfway, Blackwood then quickly sped off down the right flank before an outrageous dummy on the full back saw him dive over near the flag.

Roth’s final try was like watching the Barbarians as the ball went through multiple hands at great speed before finally arriving with Mike McComish who put down in the corner.

A special mention must be made for fly-half Gareth Steenson who had a fine game throughout and had a 100% success rate with his kicks. Six out of six with two from the touchline would have done the youngsters confidence a power of good. The other two successful conversions came from Mike Whitehead and Brendan Burke, the latter making a superb impact when he came on late in the game.

Final Score: Rotherham 66-17 Waterloo

Man of the match was hat trick hero Brian Tuohy and afterwards he said, “It’s very pleasing to get three tries, I’ve been waiting five games to get off the mark and hopefully we can build on this from here on in. Although I prefer to play in the centre I can play both, but the team has to come first.”

Man of the Match: Brian Tuohy
Referee: A. Vertigan
Scorers Roth: Penalty Try, Bedford (T), Hennessey (T), Tuohy (3T), Whitehead (T,C), Buchanan (T), Blackwood (T), McComish (T), Steenson (6C), Burke (C).
Scorers Waterloo: Handley (T), Murchie (T), Nutt (2C,P).

Attendance: 1043

Other Weekend Results

Sat 23 September 06

Bedford 22-10 Exeter

London Welsh 8-29 Doncaster

Moseley 30-35 Pertemps Bees

Plymouth Albion 27-19 Coventry

Sedgley Park 20-43 Otley


Sun 1 October 06

Cornish Pirates v Newbury

Nottingham v Leeds


National Division 1

Bees v Rotherham - 7 October, at Sharmans Cross Road.

kick off 3.00pm

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