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Penny aiming for more of the same as Titans come to town

Alex Penny is aiming to help Ealing Trailfinders continue to enjoy their home comforts in the Greene King IPA Championship, starting with the visit of Rotherham Titans this Saturday.

Ben Ward’s team haven’t lost at home since the opening day of the season when Yorkshire Carnegie won 30-13. Since then the team has defeated Jersey Reds, Doncaster Knights and Bedford Blues in the league and Yorkshire Carnegie in the British and Irish Cup. 

Last season Rotherham Titans visited Vallis Way twice, once in the league and once in the cup. They won the cup clash 48-12, while Ealing Trailfinders rounded off their season against the South Yorkshire club with a 45-12 victory on the last day of the season. 

“They are going to play a bit and have big boys, so there will be a lot of direct ball carrying,” Penny said. 

“We have to make sure we front up in the first 20 minutes, get in their faces and hopefully nullify their big ball carriers. Then we should get into the game.”

Tight-head prop Penny has featured in every matchday squad this season. Most recently he came off the bench against Bedford Blues to score the winning try. 

It was his third try since joining the club in 2014 and a sharp finish after picking a strong line from a slick Chris York offload. 

“Props don’t score that often, so it is always good to score,” he said. “Yorkie hit a great line and I saw he had his hands free so I called for it. He gave it to me and I ran as fast as I could.”

Penny moved to Vallis Way ahead of the 2014-15 season in which the team claimed the National 1 title. 

He then helped the side stay in the Championship last year and has now helped them to their highest position since league rugby was introduced in 1987. 

“We’re third in the league but we haven’t performed to our full potential yet, so the more we play the more we’ll gel as a team,” he said. 

“We came into the beginning of the season with plans to push on and be mid-table and nine games in we’ve ended up third in the table. We have another home game this week and we have to turn Vallis Way into a fortress.”