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By Big Bob
October 18 2009

Big Bob gives his take on next Saturdays home match when the Rotherham Titans visit Sandy Park.

So the next match at Sandy Park sees ninth-placed Rotherham pay a visit. With ninth from top also being fourth from bottom it could be presumed that the Titans will be easy pickings for the Chiefs.  The other stats that make up the league table such as points for and against add to the premise of a good day at the office for the home team, but as we all know upsets can happen. Indeed an upset nearly did happen last Saturday when Rotherham nearly saw off fourth-placed Bedford with the final score being 25-17 in favour of the Blues.

If you check the match report on the Bedford website  you will see that the Titans defended their line well and have a prolific kicker in Jonny West, so if we are to make it eight out eight we will need to do our homework – as we always try to do. Rotherham also lost narrowly at home when they played London Welsh , late last month the score being 22 – 26, so they are clearly no mugs.

Of their two victories this term one has been made away from home. This occurred when they scored  29 points against Birmingham – ok this is not as much as our 51 points but the Titans did manage to nil the Bees – we didn’t.

OK so that’s my archive of this season of the Rugby Times and the interweb used to gain some ideas now that leaves my old Chiefs programmes. If my maths is correct we have played the Titans twenty times in the league with the honours being shared equally. Half of Rotherham’s wins against us were in the last century however!  We have won three out of the last four matches, the score for the last two home matches being 62-10 (September 2007) and 76-21 (November 2008). Rotherham won our last encounter with them when it was 21-35 last April at Clifton Lane.  I know that this is history plus some “lies and damned lies” but it sets the scene - for me at least.

So what’s going to happen? We should win – the questions for me are 1) will we get the bonus point? 2) how tight will our defence be?  With regard to the second question I am with Clalan when he says “We are definitely giving teams the opinion that when playing Chiefs, you can always score.
I would rather have "We're playing chiefs, won't score against them."  “ – see the “Any rugby commentary today”” thread.

At the time of writing this I have no idea ad to the extent of the injuries that were sustained by Nic Sestaret and Bryan Rennie on Saturday. I think that our forwards our in fairly rude health (get well soon Tui) so RB should have a good choice of piano shifters to choose from, but when it comes to the piano players, selection may be a little more limited (NB “may”).  The wholesale changes made against Brum worked, even when players played out of position (thank goodness Richard Bolt finally has a game, and a try, under his belt) – next week’s squad, which ever faces it may contain, will also need to know “the game plan” – Rotherham will be tougher opponents. 

The astute RB and his equally shrewd lieutenants will of course have one eye on the following fixture – a tough (aren’t they all) away fixture against – The Bedford Blues. Having a smaller league means that comparisons against opponents can be made more quickly!  Clearly with the play offs , the bonus  point could be considered a luxury and I would understand if key players were or remained rested next Saturday, but a home win is a must and after the last two home games (Plymouth and London Welsh) my nerves could do with a rest!

Whatever the score I hope that the Titan’s management, players and fans are made to feel welcome  -I am sure that they will be.

C’mon you Chiefs!

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21/10/2009 22:42
Squad news...

PRESS RELEASE
Baxter wants to stay fresh and keep winning

Exeter Chiefs’ head coach Rob Baxter will continues to ring the changes ahead of this weekend’s home game against Rotherham Titans.

After last weekend’s 21-51 victory over Birmingham & Solihull by a team that included injury returnees Sean Marsden and the Millers, Andy and Alan, Baxter has a raft of players to choose from.

However, new injuries were picked up at Sharmans Cross Road with Bryan Rennie, Nic Sestaret and Tom Bedford all leaving the field and James Scaysbrook picked up a knock in training.

Baxter said: “Last week’s result was fantastic for the club. We got exactly what we wanted out of the game. We got some people some game-time and the whole team did a very professional job. We came away with five points and got 50 points on the road.

“We make changes every week. I said to the guys today that it is going to be a squad season although we still pick on various strengths and merits, and we will be making some changes again this week.

“We know it’s going to be a tough fixture and we want to perform well at home, but we want to share some game minutes, keep us fresh and keep us winning.”

The team will be announced on Friday. Tickets are still available for this match on www.exeterchiefs.co.uk or 01392 890890.

Exeter Chiefs v Rotherham Titans
Saturday, October 24, 2009 – KO 3pm
Sandy Park

Forwards: Simon Alcott, Richie Baxter, Chris Bentley, Chris Budgen, Neil Clark, Tom Hayes, Tom Johnson, Alan Miller, Ben Moon, Ruaidhri Murphy, Chad Slade & Sean Tomes.

Backs: Richard Bolt, Matt Cornwell, Phil Dollman, Mark Foster, Danny Gray, Matt Jess, Emyr Lewis, Josh Matavesi, Paul McKenzie, Gareth Steenson & Haydn Thomas

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