Rotherham Titans: Bristol warned against underestimating Titans

Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

Rotherham Titans will expect weekend opponents Bristol to come out all guns blazing when they visit Clifton Lane on Saturday.

The Championship promotion favourites are still smarting after being beaten to the British and Irish Cup final by Doncaster Knights last weekend.

And they will be widely tipped to return home from their latest trip to South Yorkshire with a victory.

But Bristol director of rugby and former England coach Andy Robinson has warned his players to not underestimate the Titans.

“Rotherham are well coached and bearing in mind last season’s results have a point to prove,” Robinson said.

“They’ll have no fear about taking us on and we can expect a tough, physical performance against us.”

“Rotherham have some momentum having beaten Yorkshire Carnegie and Cornish Pirates recently, and they have the ability to attack and score points.”

With only one defeat in the Championship so far, Bristol, like Worcester, will be competing in the promotion play-offs in May.

In all but name, Robinson coaches a Premiership side with a budget and facilities to match, and after six seasons in the Championship and several millions spent, a club of Bristol’s distinction should now be competing at the highest level.

If a reminder of their strength is required, in their last league game against Nottingham, Bristol’s team contained several internationals with a total of more than 300 caps.