Titans sink to defeat

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Rotherham Titans battled strongly with league leaders Newcastle in front of their largest crowd of the season at Clifton Lane, but it was not enough to secure victory and they went down 22-34.

After a disastrous start to the match the Titans were 28-0 down after half an hour, and although they battled back well, the damage had already been done.

Rotherham got off the mark on 33 minutes with right winger Mike Donegan touching down, Garry Law converting, and scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone added a second just before the break to make it 12-28 at half time.

Shortly after the break second row Dan Sanderson pulled another try back and Law converted to close to 19-28, and Rotherham had high hopes of a comeback.

But apart from another penalty from Garry Law on 68 minutes, there was no more score for the hosts, while Hodgson added two more kicks for the Falcons to cap the win.

Doncaster Knights’ battle to avoid relegation suffered a blow when they lost out 23-9 at fellow strugglers Moseley on Saturday.

The home side hit the ground running and bagged their first try after just two minutes through scrum-half Ryan Glynn, and stand-off Glyn Hughes added the conversions as Moseley took a 13-0 half-time lead.

Jamie Lennard got Doncaster off the mark with a penalty four minutes after play resumed, but Hughes restored the gap with a third penalty shortly after the make it 16-3.

Two penalties from Lennard made it 16-9, taking Doncaster close to a losing bonus point.

But Moseley had other ideas and replacement second row Buster Lawrence touched down on 77 minutes, Oliver Thomas adding the conversion to cap the win.

Wath on Dearne got off to a great start in their game against Dinnington in Yorkshire One on Saturday as centre Ashley Rothery ran in a try inside the first minute.

And from there Wath didn’t look back, winning 29-22.

Barnsley, languishing at the bottom of Yorkshire Division One, went close to pulling off a surprise win over mid-table Heath before conceding a last minute try which earned the Halifax visitors a 20-20 draw.

Rotherham Phoenix recorded a famous victory over Yorkshire Three leaders Old Rishworthians on Saturday, grinding out a 43-30 win.

Rotherham Clifton beat Yorkshire Five rivals Rossington Hornets 28-18.