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Lawrence expecting no let-up in Rotherham

Rhys Lawrence is expecting another tough battle when Ealing Trailfinders travel north to take on Rotherham Titans in the British and Irish Cup on Saturday.

The match is the first of two Cup matches in two weeks, with the final group match taking place a week later when Moseley visit Vallis Way for a 2pm kick-off on 23 Saturday.

Earlier in the season Ben Ward’s side lost 24-23, with only a last-minute penalty denying the team a winning start to the season and the Yorkshire side then enjoyed a 48-12 win when the sides met in the Cup in November. 

“I think we’ve come a long way since that first game, the way we play and the way we defend, ” Lawrence said. “You can’t really look too much into that, it was a different team and I’m sure they’ll be fielding different players as well. 

“They’re in a tough spot and lost a few games, so they’ll be looking for that win to get their season back on track. It will be a tough ask, but I’m really confident we can go up there and put the performance in.”

Rotherham Titans’ win at Vallis Way was their most recent and since then they have lost all six matches. 

Ealing Trailfinders only win in that period was a 28-22 victory away to London Scottish on Boxing Day. With nine Greene King IPA Championship fixtures remaining the team need to use the matches against Rotherham Titans and Moseley to build some momentum to pull themselves away from the bottom of the league table. 

“With Leinster A we used the matches as a bit of a platform to get some performances in, ” Lawrence said. “That is how we are going to use Rotherham and Moseley and use them to roll into Cornish Pirates at the end of the month.

“We’ve definitely got the potential to be higher up the table, but we haven’t had the results that we wanted and it will be tough to creep our way up, but it is definitely do-able.”

The Hillingdon-born Lawrence, who played alongside the likes of Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies for Wales in the 2008 U20 World Championship, has had the added responsibility of captaining the team and the 27-year-old has led the team out for the last four matches.

“I’ve definitely enjoy it, ” he said. “It has been made easier with the players around me and there are plenty of leaders in our team, so I don’t have to say too much. Bar probably the last 20 minutes against Yorkshire Carnegie, it has been really good and I’ve really enjoyed it.”