Rotherham winger James Broadley, who scored a thrilling try against London Scottish at Abbeydale last Saturday, is rewarded and keeps his place against Bristol tomorrow at Ashton Gate in the first of the Championship promotion semi-finals- by far the Titans’ biggest game this season.
Broadley, ex-Sheffield Tigers, has fond memories of doing well at Bristol who have included three British Lions, Ryan Jones, Gavin Henson and Dwayne Peel in their team to take on Rotherham. In the play-offs last May, Broadley scored an outstanding try deep in injury time to set up the possibility of a huge upset in the second leg at Abbeydale which will also stage the return match this season, a week on Sunday.
“James was top class against Scottish and like all the other players in our camp is excited about playing again against Bristol” said Titans’ coach Lee Blackett.
“We lost by only 17-14 a year ago, we are experienced because we have played them before, and I’m sure we will be better this time because of that.
“We know we are massive underdogs but we are relishing the challenge.”
The pack has been strengthened by the return of Sean Robinson and Alex Rieder, and winger Michael Keating and centre Jordan Davies, rested against Scottish, also come back into the starting line-up.
Rotherham: Scanlon, Broadley, Hayes, J. Davies, Keating, Barrett, A. Davies, Hislop, Cruse, Tampin, Maddison, Robinson, Rieder, Birch, Morris.
Replacements: Preece, Williams, Thiede, Thomas, Argyle, White, Wilson.
Meanwhile, back rower Alex Rieder has been nominated for the Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year.
The other nominees are Mark Bright, London Scottish and Matthew Morgan of Bristol Rugby.