ROTHERHAM TITANS AVOID RELEGATION DESPITE FINISHING BOTTOM

By George Rogan

The Titans endured a terrible season winning just four games and collecting a measly 22 points.

However the liquidation of London Welsh midway through the season led to the RFU announcing nobody would be relegated this season.

Despite this, Titans fans will be disappointed with the clubs season as it began with high hopes and dreams of a play-off finish.

A win over London Welsh in the opening round of fixtures made the Titans believe they could mount a strong push at the play-offs. That result was later expunged along with all other results involving Welsh this season.

Rotherham’s form would then fluctuate as they would win three of their next eight games. These included unfortunate one point losses against both the Bedford Blues and London Scottish. That run of games would turn out to be the highlight of their season.

The Titans would win just one of their last 11 matches – a home game against Richmond. This led to head coach Justin Burnell being axed last month with two games left as the club look to plan for next season.

 

Rotherham Titans have endured a tough season on the pitch

Rotherham Titans have endured a tough season on the pitch

The away form was of particular dismay as they were the victors just once on their travels; an 18-8 win at Richmond who finished second bottom. In fact, if it was not for London Welsh having financial trouble Rotherham would have been relegated due to the Exiles accumulating 32 points in the 13 matches they played.

The defence of Rotherham was brought into question many times after they conceded the most points in the league. This was displayed in their final game of the season where they lost 82-3 against league winners London Irish in what is the clubs heaviest ever defeat.

This has seen a second successive season where fans will feel the South Yorkshire club have vastly underachieved after finishing 10th last season. The two seasons prior to that they made the play-offs comfortably both times.

 



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