Cheshire helps Ti­tans go down with a bang

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship - By GUY WILLIAMS

REL­E­GATED Rother­ham bid good­bye to home matches in the Cham­pi­onship in truly dra­matic style with an amaz­ing vic­tory against their West York­shire ri­vals.

York­shire Carnegie were well in con­trol and lead­ing 19-6 on the hour fol­low­ing tries by hooker Mike Mayhew and winger Louis Brown af­ter their pack cre­ated promis­ing scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

How­ever, the Head­in­g­ley club then col­lapsed sen­sa­tion­ally and con­ceded 21 points in 12 min­utes as Ti­tans pro­duced a re­mark­able fight-back that had ear­lier never seemed likely.

The re­cov­ery was led by winger Drew Cheshire who scored two thrilling tries ei­ther side of fel­low winger Jake Henry’s touch down, and with ac­cu­rate con­ver­sions from fly-half Caolan Ryan Rother­ham sud­denly shot into a 27-19 lead, an as­ton­ish­ing turn­around.

“This was an out­stand­ing win and we couldn’t get a bet­ter re­sult, es­pe­cially against our lo­cal ri­vals,” said Cheshire, below, who took his chances ruth­lessly.

“The boys pulled to­gether and showed what they can do. Ev­ery week we have put our bodies on the line in train­ing and to­day it has clicked and we have de­liv­ered a fine per­for­mance.

“The crowd was right be­hind us and to­wards the end it was rock­ing.”

Carnegie suf­fered badly from the yel­low card to prop Craig Mitchell on 61 min­utes for a foul tackle, con­ced­ing 14 points in his ab­sence.

Rother­ham, too, were undis­ci­plined in a York­shire derby which came alive only in the last 20 min­utes or so. Sec­ond row Matt Postleth­waite was given a yel­low card just be­fore half time, an of­fence that re­sulted in Brown’s con­verted try, and then a few min­utes later, cen­tre Lee Mil­lar was sin binned for a late tackle. Carnegie cap­i­talised as Mayhew was driven over for his sec­ond try, but within min­utes Rother­ham, with only one Cham­pi­onship vic­tory to their name, launched a mem­o­rable scor­ing spree and a per­for­mance which if pro­duced reg­u­larly in the sea­son would likely have pre­vented rel­e­ga­tion af­ter 22 years in the top two leagues of English rugby. Carnegie scored a fourth try late in the sec­ond half, but Rother­ham held to­gether and their op­po­nents had to be sat­is­fied with two points only. “I’m very dis­ap­pointed and we gave Rother­ham op­por­tu­ni­ties to score. Our ex­e­cu­tion and in­dis­ci­pline were poor,” said Carnegie coach James Lowes.

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