TITANS boss Andre Bester has played down expectations following his side’s demolition of Championship leaders Bristol at Clifton Lane.
Though he praised the Titans’ performance, Bester refused to get carried away by the eye-catching victory which moved Rotherham second in the Championship, just a point behind Bristol.
He said: “There is a long way to go and it does not matter where you are at this stage.
“In the second half, our fitness counted a lot and we were able to accelerate the tempo and grind Bristol down.”
The victory over Bristol ensured Rotherham grabbed a second Championship leader scalp following their victory over London Welsh a fortnight prior.
It was a sparkling performance from Bester’s side, who did not allow their rivals to play their usual style of rugby, while the Titans created some great passages of play and had the boot of stand-off Garry Law to thank.
The Scot kicked six penalties and three conversions as Bristol were punished for indiscipline, taking his personal points tally for the afternoon to 24.
He and opposite number Matty James traded kicked early in the match to take the score to 6-6, but another three from Law gave Rotherham a 15-6 lead, and centre Palepoi Nonu touched down shortly before the break, Law’s conversion giving Rotherham a 22-6 lead.
Many expected Bristol to hit back hard after the break, but Rotherham’s defence was as superb as their attack.
Another Law penalty and a try from wing forward Robin Copeland moved the score along to 30-6, and Law converted two late tries from left winger Shane Monahan which gave Rotherham a bonus point victory.
This Sunday, Rotherham have a long away trip to the Cornish Pirates who sit just behind them in third, two points back.