This Saturday Rotherham entertain Yorkshire Carnegie in their final pool game of this years British & Irish Cup, knowing a point is still required to secure a home tie in the knock-out stages of the competition; kick-off at Clifton Lane is 2pm.

Titans have already qualified for the quarter finals with a game to spare, but a point against their fierce Yorkshire rivals would ensure the South Yorkshire side a precious home tie in the last eight.

Carnegie themselves are aiming to progress from the pool and a win for them would see last season's beaten finalists achieve their aim. So the game is not a 'dead-rubber', not that any Yorkshire derby ever is.

Ahead of the clash Titans have made six changes to the side that beat Aberavon 42-14 in Wales last time out.

Along the backline James McKinney returns to the side at fly half for Tom Barrett, Curtis Wilson comes in on the wing for Craig Dowsett and runner-up for the Greene King IPA Championship player of the month for November, Joel Gill; he'll start at outside centre for Lloyd Hayes.

In the pack Mark Tampin is given the nod at tight head prop for Adam Macklin, Jack Preece moves from flanker last week to hooker this, meaning Ali Birch wears the number 7 jersey and fans favourite Alex Rieder returns to the side at number 8.

Speaking ahead of what is an important game for both sides, Titans Lee Blackett explained, "Today's game against Carnegie is an exciting one; we have a lot of ex Carnegie boys here and I think when players play against their formers sides there's always an extra edge to the game. On top of that it's a Yorkshire derby and there's a great rivalry between the two clubs.

"Tommy McGee seems to have got them playing a lot more attacking rugby and we know what's going to come our way today. They've got one of the best set pieces in the league; they've got a really good line out defence, a very good maul and an excellent scrum. So we know the battle is going to start up front.

"Although we only need a point from the game to secure a home tie, we have to treat the game as any other; you can't just go out there aiming for a point. Anyone who knows the boys realise that's not in their make-up and they'll be striving for the win. We know it's going to be tough, but for us it's all about winning, it's a derby and it means a lot to our supporters.”


15 Sean Scanlon (Capt.), 14 Michael Keating, 13 Joel Gill, 12 Jordan Davies, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 James Mitchell, 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Jack Preece, 3 Mark Tampin, 4 Perry Parker, 5 Barney Maddison, 6 Max Argyle, 7 Ali Birch, 8 Alex Rieder.

Replacements: 16 Johnny Matthews, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 Ben Thomas, 20 Willie Ryan, 21 Tom Barrett, 22 Craig Dowsett.