A Dunne deal as Ti­tans move up to fifth

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By DAVID BEDDOWS

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.

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