Winger Curtis Wilson scored a brilliant hat-trick as Rotherham Titans thrashed Ealing by eight tries to two in West London in their second match in the British and Irish Cup.
Wilson’s pace ripped Ealing apart with first half tries on 32 and 38 minutes and then the winger completed a memorable performance by touching down for his third just after the re-start to put Rotherham 36-0 up.
itans scored five tries before the interval as prop Michael Cromie, fly half Will Goodwin and flanker Tom Calladine also capitalised on the team’s control of possession and territory.
And with Goodwin adding three conversions, Rotherham led 31-0 at the break. While Ealing hit back to score twice in the second half, Titans, recovering powerfully from their narrow defeat by Leinster last Saturday, continued to attack ruthlessly.
They scored another three tries on 41, 69 and 76 minutes as Wilson, centre Jack Hayes and winger Ben Rath broke through to round off a fine team effort that guaranteed five points taking Rotherham to six in total and into second place in Pool One.
Coach Mark Jones was thrilled: “This was the best all-round performance this season in terms of style. It was very pleasing and everything came off.
“We attacked well, played at high speed and at a high tempo and handled the ball accurately.
“Wilson was clinical, he ran well and finished off his opportunities excellently. But he wasn’t alone. While he was on the pitch, I thought Goodwin was our man of the match and when he was replaced by James McKinney,he,too,looked comfortable and got better and better.
“The forwards also did their stuff and I was delighted with the way No 8 Josh Redfern (ex-Sheffield Tigers) took his chance at this level. He carried the ball forcefully and Kyle Gilmour showed again that he has settled in.
“After this performance several players have given me a selection headache as we pick the side to play Jersey on Saturday.”
Rotherham’s preparations begin today for the resumption of the Championship beginning at Clifton Lane where the Channel Islanders, eighth in the league , will provide tough opposition.
The Jersey clash is then followed by an equally hard match at London Scottish before the B and I Cup campaign starts again with consecutive games against Birmingham club Moseley.
Rotherham Titans: Scanlon, Keating, J. Hayes, Barker, Wilson, Goodwin, Davies, Cromie, C Maddison, Thiede, Salmon, B.Maddison, Gilmour, Calladine, Redfern. Replacements: Preece, Hislop, Elliot, Oram, Rath, Carter, McKinney.
SCORERS: Tries - Wilson 3, Cromie, Goodwin, Calladine, J.Hayes, Rath.Conversions: Goodwin 3. McKinney.
Referee: Jack Makepiece.