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Rotherham Titans Head Coach Andre Bester has made five changes to the side that impressively beat London Welsh 33-25 in the capital last week. This week Titans face another road trip, when they travel to Billesley Common for the tricky challenge Moseley will undoubtedly present, kick off 3pm Saturday.

The one change in the back line sees Cliffie Hodgson come in for Stephen Hamilton at full back. Up front Bester has changed both props; at loose head Jamie Kilbane replaces Shane Cahill and at tight head Rob ODonnell comes in for Ben Hooper. In the second row Barney Maddison replaces Neale Patrick and club captain Sam Dickinson returns to the starting line up, he gives the in form Semisi Taulava a break at number 8.

Moseley are coached by two ex Titans in Head Coach Kevin Maggs and his assistant Craig West. Both served the Clifton Lane club admirably during their spell and were both big hits with the supporters. Moseleys playing staff comprises of five ex Titans in Anthony Carter, Brad Hunt, Anton ODonnell, Colin Quigley and Craig Voisey all of whom will be trying to put one over their old club.

The two sides have met each other on 25 previous occasions in all competitions, with Rotherham holding a healthy 17-8 advantage. Rotherhams biggest win over Moseley came in the 2002/03 season when a 17 try demolition at Millmoor saw the Titans run out 102-3 winners.

Andre Bester knows Saturday visit to Moseley will present his side with a stiff challenge, he said, We have respect for Moseley and we wont be making too many changes, however its a squad game and we sawlast week at London Welsh how well the players that came in did. There is a certain amount of rotation but we are very respectful of Moseley, they showed against Leeds that they can play rugby and can control matches. Theyve got a lot to prove and they are on their own patch and I expect them to provide us with a difficult challenge.

Last year they gave us a fair and square hiding down there 9-5 and it was an upsetting result, I felt we played particularly bad in that game. We have a lot to prove going to Moseley!

We are targeting the Moseley game like we target every game and if you dont turn up and earn the result, you dont get it. Weve worked very hard this week as we always do and we know we have a tough task ahead of us. In the past 18 months weve had an apprehension about away matches, but in the last few weeks that has disappeared.

Moseley are a better side than they were last season and theyll have a little more self belief after pushing Leeds so close last week. They will be really up for this match given the history between the clubs in terms of coaches and players.

Moseley have an abrasive pack, a good back line, there are very experienced in certain areas of the pitch and they are on their own

patch and are proving a very difficult side to beat. If we dont apply ourselves properly, then we are going to be in trouble.

But we are going to Moseley with the intention of winning the match, not damage limitation like we have on previous occasions; were going there to win. Likewise Moseley will have the same mindset, they will be planning the same and they will believe they can win also. Theres a lot of respect between the clubs, but when the whistle goes that all goes out of the window and our application is going to be all important.

Rotherham Titans: 15 Cliffie Hodgson, 14 Tom Foden, 13 Shane Monahan, 12 Pale Nonu, 11 Ed Tellwright, 10 Garry Law, 9 Jimmy Williams, 1 Jamie Kilbane, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Rob ODonnell, 4 Barney Maddison 5 Adrian Griffiths, 6 Robin Copeland, 7 Sean Dougall, 8 Sam Dickinson (Capt.).

Replacements From: 16 Dan Baines, 17 Shane Cahill, 18 Ben Hooper, 19 Ross Noonan, 20 Semisi Taulava, 21 Matt Rhodes, 22 Steve Hamilton, 23 Elliot Brierley, 24 Ben Harris.

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