Rotherham Titans vs Preston Grasshoppers

Date: 13 April 2024

Rotherham Titans 67-20 Preston Grasshoppers

It was a difficult day in Yorkshire for Preston Grasshoppers as Rotherham Titans ran in 10 tries to send themselves top of the table.

Three tries from Rob Willets, Harry Holden and Ally Murray weren’t enough to secure a bonus point, making it a long trip with no points seen for it.

It took just two minutes for the Titans to grab the first, when Lloyd Hayes cut through the before finding star man John Okafor who ran through for the opening score.

Both sides traded penalties, before a barren spell followed in the next 20 minutes.

Rotherham grabbed another 30 minutes in when they had a penalty five metres out, starting with the pick and go before travelling out wide to Jack Townend who had plenty of space to run into.

With five minutes left, Titans grabbed their third, when the ball reached Charlie Capps who ran over from three metres out.

The hosts received a yellow for numerous fouls, and whilst Preston had chances, they weren’t clinical enough to take them, heading into half time 22-3 down.

Hoppers may have come out with belief in the second half, but two tries in the opening six minutes would’ve ended all hope.

The first came from Zak Poole who crashed over for an easy try. This was instantly followed by a try from Jack Taylor, set up by Okafor almost straight from the kick-off.

50 minutes in and Hoppers would grab their first try, when a moment of sloppiness from the hosts allowed Willetts to tumble over.

But Townend scored his second just two minutes later, managing to wriggle and crawl his way over, just reaching the line.

Next try for Titans was scored by Luke Cole, who after a free flowing move managed to get his hands on the ball to crash over.

Holden managed to grab another try for Preston, when he peeled off the back of the maul.

The next two tries were scored by Rotherham again, courtesy of Hayes and Warwick Livingstone who both found space to get the hosts to 60 points.

With five minutes to go, Preston grabbed their third when Murray burst over from the pick and go.

Despite a bonus point in reach, Titans would score the last try when Gareth Denman touched the ball down off the scrum, with the match finishing 67-20.

A big win for Fylde against Leeds Tykes, means the title is now in Rotherham’s hands, whilst Preston have just one game left this season at home to Tynedale.

Report by Tom Kelly

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