Titans out for play off place

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THE Titans have a great opportunity to put further daylight between themselves and the relegation play offs when they host struggling Esher on Saturday before visiting rock bottom Birmingham and Solihull on Wednesday.

The impressive 29-13 win over London Welsh last week put Rotherham in command for a promotion play off slot ahead of Tuesday night’s visit to Nottingham.

But they will be most confident of picking up the vital points at Clifton Lane, where they have lost just twice all season, against an Esher side who have picked up just a single win on the road.

The Titans grabbed their first British and Irish Cup points as they battled out a 20-20 draw with Scottish Premiership high-flyers Ayr at Clifton Lane on Saturday.

Players keen to force their way into the reckoning shone in the cup match with loan signing Matty James particularly impressive.

The New Zealand born fly-half joined from Sale Sharks last week and played alongside brother Simeon James in the centre, kicking a penalty and a conversion.

Head coach Andre Bester rested his first team regulars for the Ayr clash.

Young winger Will du Randt showed his promise and took scoring opportunities before and after the break.

Matty James opened the scoring with a penalty on six minutes.

But the visitors hit back with their first try courtesy of stand-off Robbie Ferguson who touched down in the corner on 14 minutes to edge his side into a narrow 3-5 lead, only for Rotherham to re-take the lead just two minutes later with outside centre Du Randt scoring.

A 27th minute penalty from full-back Grant Anderson pulled the scores level, and he converted following a 32nd minute try for Ayr from their Scottish international No 8 John Beattie which put the visitors into an 8-15 lead at half time.

But after the break Rotherham battled back well when the game looked likely to run away from them.

Du Randt added a second try six minutes after play had resumed, and first XV regular Pete Swatkins scored from full-back two minutes later, stepping in to the line to make the extra man and score a try converted by Matty James which put Rotherham into a 20-15 lead.

The Titans held their advantage for 25 minutes, but with eight minutes remaining Ayr hit back, Anderson touching down for a try which was not converted - leaving Rotherham to take an even share of the spoils.

Saturday’s clash with Esher kicks off at 3pm while the visit to Birmingham next Wednesday begins at 7.45pm.