A Dunne deal as Titans move up to fifth
CENTRE Harry Dunne claimed two tries as Rotherham Titans ground out a seventh win in nine at the expense of blunted Cinderford.
The filthy conditions at Clifton Lane weren’t suited to running rugby but it was the home team who adapted better, fronting up in defence and largely nullifying their visitors at the set piece and in open play.
Rotherham scrum-half Alex Dolly pulled a penalty wide but nailed his conversion attempt when Dunne twisted his way over for the opening try after 16 minutes.
Cinderford had drawn a blank against Bishop’s Stortford the previous week and again had little penetration in attack. Fullback Liam Hemming kicked their only points from a penalty midway through the first half.
Despite having control, Rotherham still left the door open for a comeback and the second half began with Dolly missing a penalty from close range.
Minutes later, he was on target from a similar distance while an attempt from further out by Hemming drifted wide.
Home nerves were eased further on 59 minutes with the second and final try, good hands down the line ending with Dunne going over from head coach Joe Barker’s pass.
Dolly added the extras and a penalty to give Rotherham breathing space and despite Cinderford pressing when the hosts were depleted by two sin-binnings, the game had already gone.