Rotherham Titans are ready for a combative encounter when they entertain West Yorkshire rivals Yorkshire Carnegie to Clifton Lane on Saturday in round 16 of the Greene King IPA Championship; kick-off is 2pm.

Yorkshire derbies are always tense, keenly fought affairs full of aggression and physicality and Rotherham expect the visit of Carnegie to South Yorkshire this week to be no different.

Coming off the back of a heavy loss to league leaders Worcester Warriors last time out Rotherham will be eager to return to winning ways against their fierce rivals, as they aim to narrow the gap to Nottingham who currently sit fifth in the league.

However, having lost to Carnegie on the previous four times they've visited Clifton Lane in all competitions, Rotherham are acutely aware of the tough challenge ahead.

Going into the game Titans have made just three changes to their starting fifteen. Duel registered centre Chris Harris returns from parent club Newcastle Falcons and will wear the 12 jersey, whilst alongside him in midfield Jordan Davies get the nod at outside centre for Lloyd Hayes.

The sole change in the pack sees openside flanker Jack Preece return to action, as a reshuffle in the back row means Alex Rieder moves to the blindside as Max Argyle misses out. On the bench is former Titans hooker Ben Sowrey who has arrived back at the club this week on a short term loan deal from Worcester Warriors.

Speaking ahead of the clash Titans Lee Blackett explained, "I saw Carnegie's game against Nottingham last week and they were outstanding, they looked like the side they were last year at times, they were deadly on turnover ball and the set piece went very well for them. This is a crucial game for both sides and it's a Yorkshire derby so we all know what it means to the fans.

"We've seen since Tommy's (McGee) gone in there as Head Coach he's done a good job and if you look at the quality of players that Carnegie have, you'd have to say that they're a top four side and that's where they probably think they should be. On their day there's no doubt with their individuals they have, they should be one of the best teams in the division and it will be a big test for us.

"Our boys have trained really well this week and they know how important this game is to everyone at the club and selection has been difficult as everyone wants to be involved. We'll need to be at the top of our game if we're going to give ourselves an opportunity.”

Titans: 15 Sean Scanlon, 14 Michael Keating, 13 Jordan Davies, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 Dan White, 1 Robin Hislop, 2 Tom Cruse (Capt.), 3 Mark Tampin, 4 Barney Maddison, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 Jack Preece, 8 Ben Morris.

Replacements: 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Toby Williams, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 Tom Holmes, 20 Ali Birch, 21 Tom Barrett, 22 Mark Cooke.